Are Wagons The Next Classic Collector Cars?
Last year, classic car insurance and valuation specialists Hagerty made headlines when they pointed out a surge in vintage SUV values, underscored by a Toyota Land Cruiser commanding nearly $90,000 at auction. If these humble workhorses are in such high demand that raises one important question in our minds: can wagons be far behind?
Of course, some wagons are already highly sought after, like antique woodies and Chevrolet Nomads from 1955-57. But could more recent models, like the family vehicles we grew up with, be about to come into their own?
Car collectors have long gravitated towards certain types of vehicles, such as classics from the ‘30s and the European sports cars of the ‘60s. However, trends in the collectible market are not entirely static. They tend to shift gradually, as new demographic groups assert their preferences.
Although collector car trends are almost impossible to reliably predict, we can’t help but think that these wagons could soon be commanding some pretty high prices. Collectors often seek out cars from their childhood, so it could be that, for people in their 30s and 40s, the family station wagon will soon hold as much appeal as Model A Fords, 1930s classics and hot-rods from the ‘50s.
Here are a few of the cars we see as the next collector classics.
Audi 200 20V Turbo Quattro Avant
During the company’s darkest days, they arguably produced one of their very best cars: 1991’s 2002 20-valve Turbo Quattro. This single-year, rare package founds its way into only 1,000 four-doors and around 200 Avant wagons. The design is close to the sedans that Audi ran to dominate SCCA Trans-Am’s 1986 season. The car featured a twin-cam 20-valve turbo inline five-cylinder which sent power to all four of the BBS wheels, stirred manually with a five-speed gearbox.
Ford Country Squire
The Ford Country Squire was the vehicle used to take James Bond to Auric Goldfinger’s ranch. Clark Griswold was also hellbent on using one to reach Wally World. You can even race a Country Squire in Forza video games. From Hollywood to your home, this Ford model spanned several decades and covered millions of miles, its fake wood grain sides always gleaming.
Although we’ve all heard horror stories about the reliability of vintage French cars, we still foresee the Citroen DS wagon becoming a classic. Why? Without resorting to using French je ne sais quoias as an appropriate answer, they’re rich in character, even when compared with other old European cars. Despite their less-than-glowing character reputation, the model was also, undoubtedly, a milestone in automotive design and technology.
Morris Minor Traveller
Following hot on the heels of the coupe and convertible was the Traveller in 1953. Whilst other woodie wagons had begun to replace real wood with purely cosmetic vinyl and fibreglass accents, the Morris Minor version sported true ash wood. Aside from boasting a slick, vintage appearance, the car was also mechanically straightforward and reliable. These factors, and the fact that its parts are still easily sourced – something few British cars can boast – means that, to our mind, its earned its place as a classic.
Buick Roadmaster/Chevrolet Caprice
The Buick/Chevrolet featured a Corvette engine and room for up to eight. This was the last GM rear-wheel drive and, more fundamentally, the last big American station wagon, representing the end of the 80s and 90s most popular automotive trend.
What wagon would you add to the list?
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