Ford was a fan of the three-door estate and indeed offered the option on the first four generations of the Escort, only discontinuing it when the MkV arrived in 1991. The Mk3 and Mk4 were offered in both three and five-door format, the three-door known more popularly as the Kombi in Europe.

Today, the earlier Mk2 and Mk1 Escort Estate is highly prized both by the concours buffs and retro modifying scene, meaning that values have rocketed. You might think the humble estate might have escaped the Escort price inflation but as you’ll see below, that’s not the case. Their rarity alone makes them a rare car these days, since most were ground into dust on family duties and a standard one is an unusual sight.

Words Matt Bell

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