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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS ED­I­TOR

I’m prob­a­bly not go­ing to make my­self any more pop­u­lar than I am al­ready, but why is it that so many peo­ple think that you need to have a sports car to be a true car en­thu­si­ast? I’ve never owned one, and de­spite be­ing mid­dleaged, no mid-life cri­sis could ever tempt me into one. Give me a de­cent sa­loon any day (or an es­tate come to that) be­cause they are just as en­gag­ing and in­volv­ing – if not more so. Of course there are plenty of peo­ple who must think the same as me, oth­er­wise we wouldn’t see so many Ze­phyrs, Crestas, Corti­nas, Cam­bridges and the like in the clas­sic move­ment. But it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that up un­til the mid-1980s, sa­loon and es­tate cars were the main­stays of UK roads, be­cause their de­sign was suit­able for most buyers. Those large num­bers can lead to con­tempt in later years, when per­ceived large num­bers of sur­vivors re­sult in many of these fam­ily favourites be­ing scrapped.

So if you’re on the hunt for your first clas­sic – or fancy a change from a sports car – why not con­sider giv­ing a sa­loon or es­tate some love?

‘Why not give a clas­sic sa­loon or es­tate some love?’

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