Working in the DriveTribe office there are obviously a lot of debates on all things motor related, and there is usually good reasoning on both sides of the various arguments. However, I have discovered that I am more alone in my love of estate cars and their clear coolness than I'd expected. I longingly look for approval with colleagues after showing them some stunning estates, but I am greeted with a shrug a short sharp "it just doesn't do it for me."
I just can't let this lie, so I have compiled a list of 7 examples of why they are wrong and I am right. Here goes....
1. Audi rs6 avant
The first car that always comes to mind when I think of cool estates is the understated 2002 era Audi RS6 Avant. I'm thrown straight into the opening shot of the British gangster film "Layer Cake" where the RS6 is gliding along the roads of a golf course, leading to a huge stately home. All topped off with a background of "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult. Cool as fuck.
2. Volvo 850 estate - btcc
Growing up in the 90's my growing love of cars was perfectly timed with the absolutely epic years of the British Touring Car Championship. Centre stage for the absolutely outrageous Volvo 850 estate. Witnessing this estate battle with Tarquini in his Alfa Romeo 155 is what a young petrolhead's dreams are made of. Cool as fuck.
3. Audi RS2
What's this?! Another Audi?! Yes it is let me explain...
Estates were seen as cumbersome school run machines for most of the population. Step forward the Audi RS2. In 1995 a road test confirmed that this magnificent car could get to 30 mph faster than Jacques Villeneuve's Formula One car and the McLaren F1! Yes you heard that right. Cool as fuck.
4. BMW 5 series E34 touring
Just look at it. Oh man. The M5 E34 Touring might just be one of my favourite looking cars of all time. It's close with the E39 M5, but I think the E34 just takes the biscuit. I'll be right back, just going to scan eBay for a few hours for a hidden gem.
5. Mercedes E55 estate
You'll understand my heartfelt feelings toward a big engined Mercedes when you hear one giving it the full beans. This is only amplifies by seeing it in estate form. In my head the added weight over the rear wheels gives it extra traction off the line, but it probably makes no difference... but still... in my head it does. Cool as fuck.
6. Alfa romeo 156 gta sport wagon
OK, as petrolheads, most of us will have a soft spot for an Alfa Romeo, so I can see no better way to demonstrate how cool estates can be that with the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Sportwagon. No wonder they used it as a Safety Car in the picture above, it had a 3.2 litre engine for crying out loud. One of the greatest engines to ever exist. Cool as fuck.
7. Ferrari 456 GT Venice
Finally I give you the quite stunning Ferrari 456 GT Venice. Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei ordered seven to be built because he can. After Pininfarina designed and built them, the prince only purchased six because seven would have been excessive. They are rumoured to have cost around $1.5 million each. Cool as fuck.
So there you have it. If I haven't convinced you by now, then there's nothing else I can say.