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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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CITROEN CX

While the CX saloon of 1974 was a svelte and stylish newcomer, Citroen’s latest flagship was arguably at its best in estate guise. With its space-saving front-wheel drive and self-levelling Hydropneumatic suspension, the CX Safari was capable of carrying vast (and heavy) loads with ease. And with the option of the seven-seater Familiale, its versatility was immense.

From a 2.0-litre petrol through to a 2.5-litre turbodiesel on later versions, there was a CX Safari engine to suit most buyers’ needs. Few estate cars were ever more useful, which helps explain why the CX stayed around until 1991 - and why they were commonly seen in daily use well into the 21st century.

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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!

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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