Long before minivans crowded the streets, and SUV’s littered the highway like some sort of massive parking lot, the original utility vehicle reined supreme: the station wagon. These were your forefathers’ noble steeds, with names like the Safari, County Squire and Colony Park. Manly, massive land yachts that gobbled up miles with gear and trailer in tow. You and your buddies would never be caught in something called “Caravan” or “Windstar”; imagine you’ve got yourself a 20 foot long wagon with a 7 liter V8, room for 7 of your friends and all their beer- a little less embarrassing, huh? If you still want an SUV or some over-compensating lifted truck: is it going to fit in your garage? Un-bloody-likely. The practicality of the station wagon is only a small part of its appeal, however. Take a look at some of the meanest, hottest, fastest classic and modern wagons that put today’s SUV and crossover utility vehicles to shame.
The LeMans Safari with a 502 big block- runs 10.71’s at 124mph:
Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser with 455 Rocket and ultimate manly faux wood paneling:
Volvo 960 with supercharged Mustang V8 swap:
Close up of Mustang V8 SC engine:
Audi RS6 Avant with Lamborghini V10 BiTurbo:
And finally, the unbelieveably gorgeous BMW M5 Touring, with a V10 that puts out 505HP: