Peter Munro and David Blunt won the top prizes in a suggestion scheme at the Austin Rover car plant at Cowley.

Dividing £5,000 was easy, but splitting a Maestro car between them posed a problem.

Mr Blunt, a 28-year-old quality engineer, of Sandy Lane, Tiddington, near Thame, explained: “We have done a deal in which I keep the car.”

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He and Mr Munro, 29, of Hambleside, Bicester, landed the prizes after they suggested a modification to the Maestro and Montego models which saved the company £157,000 a year.

They are seen in 1981 at the presentation ceremony with plant director John Stark.

The car plant now makes BMW Minis.

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