Although not always fun, there is a time in all of our lives when practicality in our automotive purchases becomes necessary. Buying needs change from a large displacement engine to an increased number of seats and truck space. However, thanks to a few incredibly special muscle cars that deliver both huge power and practicality, you can still get your speed fix. Check out the list below for a few of our favorites.
When you hear the phrase “muscle car wagon,” the Chevy Nomad is probably the image that comes to mind. Produced from 1955 through 1972, the most iconic versions fell between 1955-1957 (pictured is a ’56). Power came courtesy of a naturally aspirated V8, which by ’57 was producing an impressive 283 hp from 4.6 liters. Not bad considering the wagon could comfortably carry six cross-country. Just in case that wasn’t enough to win your money, the 283 cubic inch engine was known as the “Super Turbo Fire V8.” That wins our vote for the greatest name ever bestowed on a power-plant.
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If the Nomad is the best-known muscle car wagon ever, this is easily the most obscure. Never officially offered for sale, only three 1972 GTO wagons are known to exist, although a number of clones have been made by owners. Feel like a little more than the 283 ponies of Chevy’s three-door rocket? No problem. The Judge, when spec’d with the ultra-rare 455 HO engine, delivered 300 hp and a strong 415 lb. ft. of torque. While very, very few of us will ever see, let alone drive a GTO wagon, it may be the most desirable domestic grocery-getter ever produced.
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Stepping forward a few decades, one of the most powerful five doors ever made comes from the most unlikely of sources. Sporting a Cadillac badge and fairly discreet appearance, you probably wouldn’t expect the CTS-V wagon to make 556 hp and a sports car obliterating 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. Thanks to its Corvette derived 6.2 liter supercharged V8, this Caddy can hit a barely believable 190 mph. And, oh yes, you can have it with a proper six speed manual gearbox.
Just in case that wasn’t enough, legendary tuner Hennessey will gladly take your CTS-V up to 1,200 hp. Or 199 ponies more than a Bugatti Veyron. No, we can’t think of anything we want more, either. Check out the video below to hear exactly what the most powerful, wonderful, take-my-money-now wagon ever made sounds like. Fair warning, it’s absolutely as good as you think.
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