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View Poll Results: Max-factor? or Max-fe***d 'er?
Luvverly 1 6.25%
Monstrous 7 43.75%
I prefer it in Brown 8 50.00%
I take it smaller 0 0%
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I have a penchant for practical, unreliable rot boxes. Do you?

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I don't remember ever seeing one so pristine.

Or so green for that matter.

Kind of. My opinions have softened towards all manner of "barges" that I had utter disdain for when younger.
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Can we have a vote somewhere between "Luvverly" or "Monstrous"?
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Doesn't really ring my bell that one to be honest. Another of those cars that was a decent idea but slightly poorly executed.
 
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I HAD it in brown. I learned to drive in "The muck bucket", AUJ 369T Austin Maxi 1750.

The 'convert to a double-bed' feature was also tested
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Very well, Mr Frowning....you leave me no ozzer choice.

I condemn it as monstrous but it was a good idea that, again, BL cacked up big style.
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Don't really remember much about them to be honest.:
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We had one as a company pool car. The ponderousness (is that a word?) of the steering was matched only by the awfulness of the gearchange. Basically, push forwards for an odd-numbered gear, pull back for an even-numbered gear - the rest was a lottery.

. . . & that was the later, rod-change box!

Add to that a total lack of style & interior plastics in muddy colours which only BL seemed to have access to & is there any wonder it was a sales flop?
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I remember the tele adverts of:-

5 Guardsmen with bearskin hats easily fitting in a Maxi
The Maxi seats turning into a double bed

What wasn't there to like!
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I remember bare-skin Maxi double bed
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Issigonis was just starting to cripple the British car industry with his stubborn ideas like keeping cars uncomfortable to make them safer when he became a darling of the media when this came out apparently . They were about to sideline him and they couldn't for this reason. The book I read about him said he was in denial about the maxi . The mini though ,with its inside out body construction and leaks ? He was very proud, to the point were nobody at Austin was allowed to fix it.
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I must say I too have never seen a green one.

To be honest not my cup of tea but at least it was built at a time when each car looked different and didn't have to have the "family face" that car companies insist on now.
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No family face. Just family doors , off the 1800 and the 3litre!
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No family face. Just family doors , off the 1800 and the 3litre!
And that 4-door Panther abomination?
 
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Actually, really rather fascinating. Thank you.

A lady at work has one of these - good nick too. I wonder why she does this to herself in 2012?
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I love the succinct advertising of the day.....

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Wasn't the Princess a great looking car?

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As said, no personal recollections of a Maxi. I did have those two early minis, and undertook the floor and sill repairs of a Morris 1200 somewhere in the earlish seventies. It was one that my bro' had taken in partX for something,( he was a car salesman ATT) which he got lumbered with in his enthusiasm to 'do a deal'.

My 'pa-in-law bless him, bought an 1100 off a pal, but hated it so it was soon off loaded, to be replaced by an HC Viva which he absolutely loved. Prior to the 1100 he had a HB Viva.

So what was I 'smokin' at that very exciting period of motoring? Hmnnn' Vauxhall FB Victor estate in two tone green, and my customised straight six, Vauxhall 3.3. both had leather trim and gave good service.

So now I just fiddle and tiddle with the chariot madam herself chose, and to be very honest she made a decent choice for our very mundane and unexciting motoring needs of today.

I love flashing my bus pass over that scanner and giving a sneering grin at the young punks who have to pay as they tell us wrinklies all about their world with it's day to day happenings. I snitch into their chatter but I am about to book my free hearing test soon as I know I am starting to miss some luscious gossip?
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