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Top 10: Classic estate cars

What could be more useful than a classic estate car? The trouble is, finding the right one might take some time. Estates were usually bought to do a job, which is why the survival rate among certain models is poor. But if perseverance is one of your many qualities, it could be worth shopping around. Because once you’ve found a good one, you’re unlikely to ever regret buying it...

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AUSTIN MONTEGO

Launched six months after the saloon at the British Motor Show in October 1984, the Montego estate was a whole lot better looking than the car it was based upon. With its large glass area and low waistline, the Montego was a smart machine in load-lugging guise; and with its rear-facing extra bench, it was even an occasional seven-seater.

With 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol engines or a 2.0 turbo-diesel, plus a wide range of trim options, there was a Montego for every estate buyer. Find a decent survivor now and you’ve got an unsung hero on your hands.

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The Citroën fan    on 5 December 2016

I had one of these; it was an ex French private ambulance with high roof. I converted the rear into a mini camping-car and used it to escort abnormal loads, mainly in France. It was a wonderful vehicle, very reliable & well-known in the business, including lots of French police (for the right reasons!).
On the odd occasion it needed unexpected work, French Citroën dealers could not have been more helpful & prices were very reasonable. I was sorry when it died: nineteen years old!

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