Wagon Showcase by John Babbitt

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Before crossovers, before SUV’s, there were wagons. The concept is simple. Take a sedan, add more rear cargo room and call it a day. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an especially great variety of shooting brakes available to us here in the states. But with makers like Cadillac and Acura introducing some really cool wagons as of late, there might still be hope.

But wagon tuning isn’t just limited to newer models. There already exists an untapped market full of potential. Anything from Volvos to Subarus, Chevys to Benzs, there is a wagon to suit anyone’s taste. All it takes, as with any build, is some imagination. Like this Caprice meets Celsior collabo.

As a plus, wagon tuning parts are readily available, due to their popularity overseas. So it’s time to drop the stereo types and consider wagons as serious tuning platforms. Here are a few more real swagger wagons. Enjoy!- Jbab

v70r1 accord wagn

r35 stagea tommykaira legacy and a4

wagon-varis-rear ae86 wagon

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Stagea: The GT-R Wagon

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I’ve always had respect for the Nissan Stagea. This often overlooked jem of the tuning world is Nissan’s only other car that ever received the GT-R’s R34 spec RB26DETT engine. The GT-R powered version Stageas were not very common but the Autech RB26 version did indeed exist as a regular production vehicle by Nissan and enough examples were made in Japan to allow for healthy aftermarket support. As I was browsing through my old photos of Tokyo Auto Salon 2005 I came across two fine examples of well tuned RB powered Nissan Stageas. The two cars were both produced in collaboration with Takeros which a wagon specialist for aero parts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Takeros Stagea 1

Takeros Stagea 1

And here’s one more Stagea by Takeros:

Takeros Stagea 2

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