With the likes of the ZL1 1LE, ZR1, and even the Dodge Demon running around, it’s not hard to see that one day many may look back at the present as the pinnacle of internal combustion and many of the cars being churned out by Detroit right now will likely become collectors cars. And while that’s easy to see for the likes of the fifth-gen Z/28 or Dodge Hellcat, one of our favorites, and voted most likely to be an underrated collectors car at some point in the future by its senior class, is the second-generation CTS-V wagon, specifically when it comes equipped as a 6-speed.
We often refer to this exact combination as “the holy grail.” Why? Because it’s a 556-horsepower wagon with a manual transmission and Magnetic Ride Control suspension. In our book, it doesn’t get much cooler than that. It could be that the wagon is just so unique that it’s immeasurably cool, but whatever it is, every time one of these pops up we think about buying it ourselves. After all, this is one car you could actually tell your wife that it’s an “investment” without lying.
So, when we spotted this pristine black CTS-V over on Bring A Trailer, it brought many mixed feelings with it and more than one look at our investment strategy for retirement. The example you see before you has just 41,492 miles on it and looks to be in immaculate shape. Plus, it’s black, possibly the best color for any bad ass wagon. In addition to looking phenomenal, and having incredibly low mileage, the car has been fitted with a few go-fast goodies to boot.
The V has a smaller upper pulley, solid blower isolator, Fuel Injector Clinic 850cc fuel injectors, a NorCal icebox, WeaponX heat exchanger, and Corsa Sport exhaust system. Naturally, the whole thing was dyno tuned by Cunningham Motorsports right here in Murrieta, California and put down a respectable 539 horsepower and 527 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels—not bad for a grocery getter. In addition to the extra ponies under the hood, the current owner has equipped the V2 with Toyo R888R tires to ensure it handles as good as it looks.
According to Bring A Trailer, the car is just one of 134 wagons produced in 2014 and just one of six equipped with the manual transmission, no sunroof, and the Recaro seats. And why that is getting a bit granular on the options, there are still substantially less than 100 similarly equipped 2014 Vs out there. That brings with it a certain amount of collectibility with it in its own right.
One day in the future you may see these selling for well over $100,000, so at its current bid price of $50,000, it could be a steal if you’re willing to sit on it for a while. But why would you do that? This thing could easily make 1,000 horsepower and still be very steerable and arguably the coolest build on the block. If you’re going to buy it, do us a favor and mod the hell out of it. Then send us pictures. That’s the American way.