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Performance wagon may seem a contradictory phrase seeing as performance usually demands something light and lithe, while wagons are generally intended to haul copious quantities of stuff. Still, such beasts roam the earth and that’s just what we went looking for last week. We’ll see the best one in a sec, but first this week’s holy grail.
Seeing as it’s summer and many of us might have some vay-cay time saved up, what we’re going to look for this week is a fun car, something that we could potentially gymkhana on the weekends, but also be streetable for getting there and back. I’m guessing that few of us are made of money so let’s cap our initial purchase price and $3,000 (2,700€ or, post Brexit, about 7,000,000£).
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Who said station wagons and performance were mutually exclusive terms? I know it wasn’t any of us because you all proved that idea wrong last week.
From the very definition of performance wagon—the Volvo V70R as exemplified by the ad found by Andrew_theS2kBore to the plethora of Dodge Magnums found by The Real Number_Six, ptschett and Sjalabias there was ass-hauling to spare.
Manic_King brought it with some offerings from Europe, where they take both wagons and performance a little more seriously, while MarionCobretti gave us an AMC Sportabout that I had thought was cool enough to feature on NPOCP a while back. Can’t believe that hasn’t sold yet!
The big Kahuna however—meaning the car in which I’d most like to take the family on a Greek tragedy-worthy odyssey this summer—is the 1970 Dodge Coronet wagon located by Sean McMillan. The audacity of the original styling is only matched by the crazy pink and pink-er paint job. And, with a 318 under the enormous hood the performance opportunities are practically endless.
Congrats to Sean McMillan, and thank you to you all for the excellent contributions. Now, let’s go find us some cheap seats race cars.