For the Sensible Enthusiast

Found: 5 Beautiful Wagons Built For Speed and Comfort


Editor’s Note: We love scouring the internet for reasons to spend money we don’t have on cars we daydream about owning, and these are our picks this week. All prices listed are bid amounts at the time of publishing.

Wagons used to be a staple in American car culture, then they fell out of favor for reasons we’re only left to guess. But, the long-roofed family-mobile looks to be making a quiet comeback in America with offerings from Audi, Volvo and Jaguar. And if there is one kind of wagon we love here in the States, it’s a beefed-up muscle wagon. So before the trend takes off (again), get one of these wagons built for speed and comfort.

2004 Volvo V70 R

What we like: It’s understated, inconspicuous and gray, but factor in the 300 horsepower turbo engine, six-speed manual and AWD — and you have one hell of a sleeper on your hands.
From the seller: Fully loaded with heated seats and power everything, all in a beautifully paired Titanium Grey exterior and Nordkap Blue interior.

Mileage: 165,676
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

What we like: The most recent muscle wagon Americans have had the chance to get excited about is oddly rare. Cadillac’s styling lends itself nicely to the wagon architecture, and it has 556 horsepower — a true triple threat.
From the seller: Garage kept from October 1 to May 1, every year.

Mileage: 15,773
Location: Linden, New Jersey

1996 Buick Roadmaster

What we like: If there’s one car the CTS-V Sport Wagon traces back to directly on the family tree, it’s the Roadmaster. And like the Cadillac, the Buick even has a Corvette engine up front.
From the seller: N/A

Mileage: 171,649
Location: Ben Wheeler, Texas

1995 Audi S6 Avant

What we like: Not only is this S6 wagon rare, but it’s a manual, too. It was meant to be practical, but that turbocharged five-cylinder under the hood is begging to be wrung out.
From the seller: This 1995 Audi S6 Avant shows 150K miles and was modified by 2Bennett Audimotive of Davis, California. As a one-year-only model in the U.S., the S6 wagon is powered by a five-cylinder 20V turbo engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Mileage: 150,199
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

2001 BMW 540i TA

What we like: It’s the most subtle pick here, but there’s no doubt that the E39 generation 5-Series was a performer. This particular model is even optioned with the M-Sport package, further boosting its cornering cred.
From the seller: Very rare. One of the 406 models that were exported to the United States in 2001. Most of them came with standard package, but this one has the M-sport package.

Mileage: 84,245
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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