BMC became British Leyland in 1968, and one of its first products was the Austin Maxi. It was essentially a good car with some innovative ideas, but it was the finer details and lack of quality that let the Maxi down, traits that would come to characterise BL. Britain’s first real hatchback had much space and seats that folded down into a double bed, but taking the centre section from the 1800/2200 range meant looks were bland. Hydrolastic (and later Hyrdagas) suspension and five gears were its good points, but the gearchange itself wasn’t that great.
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