Top 12 cool estates

BTCC Volvo 850 (1994) This wasn't the first racing estate, but it was certainly the most high-profile. Conceived purely as a marketing exercise at a time when the BTCC was becoming hugely popular, the TWR-built 850 wasn't actually much good. But it did get a lot of coverage and launched Volvo onto big success on track

Earlier this week we saw the new Volvo V90 and Kia Optima Sportswagon, estates that are both very handsome and rather cool.

We’ve always maintained that fast estates are cool, but it seems even base-spec diesel wagons are becoming better-looking, more desirable and indeed cooler than their hatchback/saloon siblings. The aforementioned V90 and Optima SW are perfect examples of the phenomenon.

But this is not a new phenomenon. Motoring history is littered with achingly cool estates. Here is Only Motors’ top 12 cool estates.

Let us know what you think of our list and what cool estates you would add.

Images via Favcars.com

By Graham King

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