The Austin Maxi comes in for a lot of criticism, but they really weren't so bad in their day, much better than the equally derided Marina and Allegro. I owned two in my younger days, and they provided reliable problem-free transport for several years. If anyone hankers after a Maxi of their own, even better one with genuine competition history, here's your chance, it could be yours for less than £25,000. Don't all rush at once.
I too, will hear nothing bad said about the Morris Marina.
I bought a cheapo, high mileage, dirty red version purely to use as a 5 mile commuter vehicle for a short contract. First time starter, comfortable seats, brilliant heater (after uncrimping a hose), clear radio.
But it really proved it's worth one day when a mate's delivery van was refused boarding onto a Channel ferry for carrying bottles of hazardous gas. We doubled back to London, filled up the Marina with the more important goods (including 4 people & aforesaid hazardous gas) & set out again for the delivery run to Germany. Holland & Scandanavia. This it acheived admirably, dealing effortlessly with freezing winter conditions. - even a local Swedish Rally Championship round was cancelled because of too much snow! We attracted an amiring crowd in the centre of Copenhagen one morning, waking up at 9.00 to see puzzled Danish workers staring into the windows at 4 hung over Englishmen who had been sleeping inside.
During one dark night, we'd hit a gigantic pot hole in deepest Norway. It wasn't until 3 months later, such was the car's integrity, that I discovered a rear leaf spring had snapped!
I also claim, unless somebody can prove otherwise, to hold the unofficial lap record at the Nurgburgring Nordschliefe!
I eventually traded it in & as I drove it for the last time up a ramp into a dealer's yard, the salesman said to me with a wink, "I hear the clutch is slipping, Sir"...