From Cornwall? The fuel would cost more than the van , then there's the elephant in the room that is a manual gearbox. Nope, not one for me but thanks for the thought and for trying to encourage me!
The Maxi is a decent prospect, but IF, and that's a big if , I buy another vehicle at this time, it's going to be tractor shaped (tractors aren't divided into manual and automatic licence classes, just as three wheeled devices aren't, loopholes eh, gotta love those!) or, if a car, something that's far closer to readiness for bouts of daily use which is where the Metro would come into the equation. It's under 300 miles from me, it appears to be a genuinely original car and although they're fairly close to the floor, I didn't break any bones last time I drove one and there's a surprising amount of room for my long legs in there,
They offer possible delivery on the Metro so it's on my spotcher, but much as I like the idea I'm going to wait and see whether someone else comes along for it.
The Maestro seems like an honestly described, usable car that's had the roof cloth done, the one thing that's usually in need of work in even the best surviving examples of the Allegro's successor. I like MGF wheels on these, the rust spots the seller has highlighted appear to be minor and fixable before they become worrying, but even if that were a 1600 with automatic transmission it's not something I'd be suited with. Metro for the win.
Now take a look at this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hanomag-Merc ... Swat9ekxUa
Imagine taking that to a show loaded with the vintage Morris (pre-war OHC Minor?) that's illustrated in the photos. That would be quite a thing to see and, speaking as one who has been to shows with a 4x4 device disguised as a campervan, the German truck would be a welcome sight if the field was wet. £££!