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Almost a cool wall post - the (second) coolest sports estate
It's a three way poll so sort-of cool wall-ish, but not quite.
I love the styling of the 156sw since it comes from a long line of sporting estates, but which one of it's possible inspirations is the coolest?
1964 Reliant 'Triplex' Scimitar - probably the first sports estate. Originally done as a one-off to showcase the toughness of Triplex glass, it was so loved by the public (and royals - this was owned by the Duke of Edinburgh!) it went into mass production as the Scimitar GTE, probably inspired later sporting estates, and maybe inspired the ridiculous current trend for 'panorama roofs'.
1972 Volvo P1800ES - Designed by an Italian, built by Jensen (at least until Volvo realized British build quality was legendary for all the wrong reasons), engines by Volvo. Quite fast for it's time, very un-Volvo, and possibly the only car ever made which looked good in brown.
1975 Lancia Beta HPE - The closest thing to being the 156SW's predecessor. Maybe the fastest mass produced sports estate to that point, truly spectacular with the Volumex supercharger. But it was a Beta so, er, there aren't many left now.