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Top 10: Classic estate cars to buy in 2021

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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BMC 1100/1300

Why didn’t we choose the Mini as a Top 10 classic estate? Because its slightly bigger brother – codenamed ADO16 – offers extra space and better value. The 1100 estate (available in Austin or Morris guise) arrived in 1966 and combined neat looks with a spacious interior. It felt more modern than most rivals too, thanks to front-wheel drive.

The 1300 arrived in late 1967 and both Austin and Morris versions stayed around until 1974, after the controversial Allegro had taken over. 1100/1300 estates aren’t commonplace now, but are well worth searching out.


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!

Chris Clement    on 5 November 2018

Wasn’t the Vauxhall Ventora an in line straight six, not a V6?

Pete4L    on 12 November 2018

How on earth can you leave the Ford Cortina estate off this list? They were the most popular estate car EVER in the UK!

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