You can't go wrong with this 1993 BMW M5 Touring
You should really consider hopping on this (band)wagon immediately...
Recently, I have given into my old man inner-self and embraced my love for wagons. Maybe it's because they are on the endangered species list or maybe it's because they are brilliant alternatives to literally any other body style, I have given up resenting them and so should you. They are cooler than James Dean in shades and hotter than the mantel of the earth. They are subtle enough to sneak out at night for a midnight rendezvous while coarse enough to get you anywhere, any time, in any condition.
Hopefully by now you read these words and think "Ok, where's my nearest Volvo dealership?" however since that is likely no the case, I at least hope you see where the appreciation comes from. It comes from cars like this.
This is a 1993 BMW M5 Touring that recently closed on the stellar online auction site, Bring a Trailer. Finished in a knock-your-knickers-off Daytona Violet Metallic worthy of seducing the back of a camel, it's not something you will find every day. In fact, there was reported to have been only 891 total M5 estates built in this production run over three years, and who knows how many have survived.
Apart from the rarity, this is a perfect example of an exotic car that can get you through the streets of a small town without all the locals taking pictures and shouting "Cool car brah!" while still putting a smile on your face on the weekends, and still fitting everything, including the kitchen sink, for your long family journeys or casual business trips.
Similarly, although good-looks are subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so on, I believe that this generation of M5 looks way better as a wagon compared to a sedan. Although the sedan is alright, the wagon, ladies and gentleman, is more than alright. It's drop-dead gorgeous. A long, slender roofline is preserved all the way until you get to that sleekly slanted trunk lid.
It's not just good looks that makes this wagon shine like a diamond in a horse's bottom, but the source of everything that made the M-line great, the inline-6. Although BMW M-cars have gone up as far as V10s in recent years, their straight-six engines were what built the brand. Not only were they well made, but this specific 3.8L that was only available in Europe, pushes out an exceedingly healthy 310 horsepower and roughly 270 lbs-ft. of torque. Not capable of winning you a drag race, but overkill for putting the biggest grin on your face.
Oh, and did I mention the 5-speed manual?
The source of barbarity!
Overall, not only is this E34 M5 Touring one of the best BMWs ever made, but it showed the world that you could have comfort, practicality, style, subtleness, and speed all in one package. It proved that you didn't have to settle with a boxy off-road SUV if you didn't want one, and although the wagon may be on its last legs, the style we know in love will always live in our hearts. And its because of cars like this.
This specific M5 Touring with this ever-so tasty purple paint and inline-6 would cost you all of your savings for Disney World, plus another $60,000. However, with less than 70 thousand miles and rarity equaling that of a perfect grade on your high school math tests AND a 5-speed fun stick, this beautiful machine ticks all the boxes. Yet still one question remains...