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Just watching Fawlty Towers and I realised that there's a whole class of cars that has disappeared since the 70s: the 3 door estate.

Vauxhall Viva
Austin/Morris 1100/1300
Mini Traveller/Countryman/Clubman
Vauxhall Astra
Ford Escort
Austin Allegro

Why were they popular then and why have they fallen from favour?

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Jobbo said...

Rev is correct, of course

NotoriousREV said...

a/ Why were they popular then and
2/ why have they fallen from favour?

a/ No idea, and
2/ because they are stupid.

My dad had a rickety one of these in the 80's (alongside their Austin Ambassador). I hated it.

Updated December 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

mik said...

NotoriousREV said...

Why were they popular then and why have they fallen from favour?

because they are stupid.

What Mik said ^^

Did they only exist because they were made without windows as vans?

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JL said...

Oh b*llocks you're right

MK1 VW Polo

Zonda_ said...

MK1 VW Polo

A notable estate car ;)

The mk2 wasn't sold as an estate, just a more practical hatchback.

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JL said...

Oh b*llocks you're right

Well done guys. Here's another niche that one of the big German car manufacturers will revive all because you reminded them.

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How about not having a sig at all?

The Mini Clubman (I think it's this one, I may mix up the Mini names) is a first step going back there, since it has 3.5 doors...
And the Ferrari FF is a kind of 3-door estate car isn't it? :shock:

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Pilouil
Citroen C3 1.4 HDI 69.0424 bhp

Jobbo said...

Did they only exist because they were made without windows as vans?

That certainly applies to the Mini, Astra & Escort.

Actually, the current Mini Clubman already occupies this niche, albeit with the weird half-door thingy.

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Jobbo said...

Rev is correct, of course

pilouil said...

The Mini Clubman (I think it's this one, I may mix up the Mini names) is a first step going back there, since it has 3.5 doors...
And the Ferrari FF is a kind of 3-door estate car isn't it? :shock:

Yep, that's true.

Let's add the Reliant Scimitar and Volvo P1800E.

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Jobbo said...

Rev is correct, of course

pilouil said...

The Mini Clubman (I think it's this one, I may mix up the Mini names) is a first step going back there, since it has 3.5 doors...
And the Ferrari FF is a kind of 3-door estate car isn't it? :shock:

It's a shooting brake. The same but different :).

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mik said...

NotoriousREV said...

a/ Why were they popular then and
2/ why have they fallen from favour?

a/ No idea, and
2/ because they are stupid.

My dad had a rickety one of these in the 80's (alongside their Austin Ambassador). I hated it.


We had a blue one and I loved it. Sat in the back us kids had opening sliding windows and if you were in the front you had the quarterlights!

We traded ours in for a brown Maxi 8)

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Jobbo said...

Rev is correct, of course

This is the Viva estate you're referring to, isn't it? Like the Audi 100 Avant, it's a body shape which is also due a revival.

Mind you, the mk2 Scirocco boot was uncannily similar to the Avant; perhaps that should count as an estate?

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JL said...

Oh b*llocks you're right

NotoriousREV said...

We traded ours in for a brown Maxi 8)

We had ours after both of the Maxi's were old & sold. This was the main part of the problem.

pilouil said...

The Mini Clubman (I think it's this one, I may mix up the Mini names) is a first step going back there, since it has 3.5 doors...
And the Ferrari FF is a kind of 3-door estate car isn't it? :shock:

Mini Clubman has 4.5 doors ;)

@Jobbo, the earlier HB Viva was also a 3 door but yes, we had one of those too. I'd love a Viva HC estate now, but with a red top motor fitted, the shape is awesome (especially the Magnum quad headlight version)

HB estate:

Updated December 16, 2012 at 9:06 PM

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Jobbo said...

Rev is correct, of course

Zonda_ said...

Mini Clubman has 4.5 doors ;)

Yes that's true :shock: I missed the fact it has two rear doors :oops:

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Pilouil
Citroen C3 1.4 HDI 69.0424 bhp

:?:

I'd forgotten this good example - the only 3dr 7-seater?

Maybe not... beaten to it by its clear philosophical inspiration :)

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JL said...

Oh b*llocks you're right

I do still want one of these. With a v8 though :)

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