I've been banging on about the virtues of estate cars for the last couple of years. There are some really nice examples around; Mazda and Mercedes, for instance, seem to have some particularly nice looking models but there are many others, all eminently more practical than an SUV barge.

With every new hideous SUV that is launched, I harbour the hope that it will signal the end of the trend. So far I've been disappointed and sadly I don't suppose this latest vulgar monstrosity from RR will turn the tide either.

1980 Royal Ivory 4/4 4-seater. B4771