11 retro winter wagons to keep you ice cool
Winter is coming… Stay warm by being cool
If you're like me, you'll start to wonder whether it is worth driving your poor little retro ride through the winter. As soon as the rain starts lashing down and the frost sets in, I can literally hear my car rusting from down the street. I want to tuck little Panda 100HP in to a nice warm garage for hibernation and get the train everywhere.
However, it doesn't need to be like this. You can have your winter-frosted cake and eat it. If you grab yourself one of these winter wagon warriors, you can drive all through Christmas with all the performance you could wish for.
So, which of these whets your winter whistle?
11) Ford Mondeo ST220 Estate
Is the Mondeo ST220 the bargain of the moment? I think it might just be. You can pick up one of these, quite frankly, gorgeous estates for less than £3k. It has a 3.0-litre V6 which Aston Martin took two of and welded together to make their monstrous 6.0-litre V12.
10) Mercedes W124
The W124 has aged beautifully. Produced in Mercedes' absolute prime, the W124 was bomb-proof. It had elegance, performance and reliability in equal measure. The perfect '90s estate for a middle-class family who couldn't foresee the oncoming global financial crisis. Happy days.
9) Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Is there a better way to clear snow off your car than to bury the accelerator through the floor and unleash 556 snarling horses upon the world? No, no there isn't. Better still, this American muscle has a 6-speed manual gearbox. You finally listened America, you finally listened.
8) Volvo 850R
This will never go out of style. Those stylish Scandinavians really know what cool is. Who else could make a box on wheels so appealing?
7) Audi RS2
Why isn't the estate that out-accelerates a McLaren F1 from 0-30mph higher in my list? Well, if you were to purchase one of these now, you'd probably not be able to buy anyone any presents for Christmas as they aren't cheap. I refuse to ever give bad consumer advice…
6) BMW M5 E61 Touring
Talking of great consumer advice, everyone should go and buy an E61 Touring as they are hilarious. You can drop the kids at school, pick up the Christmas tree and do all your Christmas shopping in under 4 mins flat with the 5.0-litre V10 pushing you along faster than all of Santa's underpowered reindeer.
5) Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon
You may think that picking an Alfa Romeo for your winter warrior is unwise, but I've specifically chosen the safety car version. What's a safer bet than a safety car? Checkmate.
4) Mitsubishi Evo IX Wagon
A bit of a rarity, but it is worth the search. You can keep your Stagea, the Evo IX Wagon is the king of the JDM estate cool.
3) MG ZT-T V8
A little bit of a curveball here, but it is hard to ignore how cool the MG ZT-T really is. The particular model I want is the 4.6-litre V8 version. Incase you aren't convinced, it has quad-exhausts as well… you're welcome.
2) BMW M5 E34 Touring
*Bites bottom lip* Is that not just the sexiest estate you've ever seen? It's a bloody M5 as well. In the '80s, Germany just knew what they were doing. They'd strap little Gruntilda and Gertrude into their baby seats and then drive across the entirety of Germany in the blink of an eye.
1) Audi RS6 C5
To this day, the RS6 C5 Avant remains the coolest estate car on the planet. It is subtle in its styling and harbours the famous 4.2-litre V8 that can reverse the rotation of the earth.
The thing that solidifies its place in the cool hall of fame is the intro to the film 'Layer Cake.' This 57-second clip will convince the doubters (sound on):