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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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With its ash-framed rear end and 1940s-style looks, the Minor Traveller is in a class of its own; and despite problems with wood rot on badly maintained examples, it’s a firm favourite with classic estate buyers. Most useable of the bunch is the Minor 1000 of 1956-on, when BMC’s A-series engine was uprated to 948cc and a heady 37bhp.

In 1962 the 1098cc (48bhp) version of the same engine was adopted, which saw the Minor through to its demise. The Minor saloon died in 1969 but the much-loved Traveller soldiered on to 1971. There are lots still around, though prices of the best have risen dramatically.


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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