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Vehicle's condition in contest brought up (6,3)


I believe the answer is:

estate car

'vehicle's' is the definition.
(estate car is a kind of vehicle)

'condition in contest brought up' is the wordplay.
'condition' becomes 'state' (I've seen this in another clue).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'contest' becomes 'race' (race is a kind of contest).
'brought up' says the letters should be written in reverse (in a down clue, letters go up).
'race' written backwards gives 'ecar'.
'state' put within 'ecar' is 'ESTATE-CAR'.

(Other definitions for estate car that I've seen before include "Vehicle with five doors" , "Station wagon" , "employed at Sandringham?" , "Motor vehicle" , "Vehicle with large area for goods" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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