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Ford Cortina Mk3 estate.

Classic estate cars appeal to me, in the main due to their usefulness, but also because of their comparative rarity when compared to their four-door saloon cousins.Clive dropped me a line with details of a rare, largely original, survivor that he's purchased, following a career involved in the motor trade, including a factory apprenticeship in the 1970s. Over to Clive now to introduce his Mk3 Cortina 2000XL estate:
Rare Cortina Mk3 estate
"Having recently retired after 25 years working for the Department of Transport I decided it was time for a new toy and bought a Cortina Mark 3 2000cc XL estate. I served my apprenticeship in the early 1970ís at a Ford main dealer, working on Cortinas, Capris, etc and the Cortina seemed a logical choice.
The car is un-restored and much of it is original, having covered only 69,000 miles. It is roadworthy and in regular use, and has been shown once in a local show where it was the only Cortina present. It attracted quite a bit of interest and comments such as Ďmy dad had one of those when I was little!í, I think being the estate version makes it a little more unusual. I have all the MOTs, tax discs, original bill of sale, brochures etc and have concluded the mileage as correct.
It cost £1439.87 when new including extras such as a sunroof and 6 gallons of petrol for £2.16. Thatís about 8 pence a litre!
It was registered in the London/Kent area where it spent its working life, and I have plaques which indicate it appeared at the Bromley Motor Pageant during the nineties.
It is work-in-progress and I hope continue to improve it, use it and show it regularly around East Yorkshire where it now lives."
Read more classic car owners' stories in the Your Cars section of oldclassiccar. Thanks to Clive for contributing this article on his Cortina.

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