Don’t let the conservative styling fool you – this homegrown family car outhandled Ford Escorts of the day and sold by the bucketload. Owner Howard Hargate worked at his local Rootes dealer in Barnsley and having restored his rare gold saloon, bought this versatile (and now rare) estate model, which he uses most days. How did the Avenger fare in our top 100? Find out in the December 2016 issue of Practical Classics.