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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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PEUGEOT 504

Although the 504 saloon was launched in 1968, the estate didn’t arrive until two years later. The wait had been well worthwhile though, for this was one of the roomiest estates on offer at the time. Not only that, it offered an impressive array of engines, from a 1.8-litre petrol through to a 2.3 diesel.

The massively commodious 504 estate could be had in five- or seven-seater guises, the latter version badged as the 504 Family Estate for the UK market – putting it on a par with the more expensive Citroen CX Familiale for parcticality.

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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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