For most people, becoming a parent means sacrificing a good deal of the things we love. However, one Michigan based dad figured out how to have his cake, and eat it too! A.J. Baime of The WSJ tells the story of Scott Bonato, a 32 year old from Franklin, Michigan, with a need for speed, who was able to convince his wife that they should purchase a station wagon that really only looked like a compromise.
Scott’s wife knew that he was a car lover before they tied the knot. He owns a 1979 Trans Am, 1957 Ford Fairlane, and a 1982 DeLorean. Once he and his wife realized they had kid on the way, they knew they needed a family car. Scott convinced her that even though the car he wanted, which was a station wagon, was out of their budget, it made sense. He also promised that if they got it, he wouldn’t talk about getting another car for at least two years.
The car was a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon with a five-star safety rating! What he didn’t tell his wife was that the CTS-V was the most powerful, high performance American made station wagon money could buy – maybe ever. There weren’t many of them around either. It wasn’t until after they had already purchased the car, and brought their daughter home from the hospital in it, that Scott’s friends sold him out, telling his wife all about the high speed vehicle. “We can’t believe you let him have this nearly 200-mph car with a 556 horsepower, 6.2 liter, supercharged V8”, they exclaimed to her. That’s when she realized she’d been swindled.
Scott says his only complaint is that, “[the] wagons are hard to find, and if someone rear-ends me, how will I find another one?” He also admits that he occasionally drives the car spiritedly with his wife in it. Though she’s not a big fan of the acceleration capabilities, she still rolls with it!