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At $26,500 including destination charge, the Peugeot 505 Turbo SW8 was the 4th most-expensive wagon available to American shoppers in 1990.

It is Consumer Guide managing editor Rick Cotta who first began noting vehicles that are turning 25 years of age, and thus becoming “classic.”

In Illinois, home to Consumer Guide Automotive© and Collectible Automobile magazine, a car is officially an antique when it crosses the quarter-century line.

With the two-and-half-decade benchmark in mind, I present here 10 wagons that will soon qualify in some states for highly coveted antique or collector-car status.

Are these cars truly collectible? That’s for you and the old-car-buying public to decide. That said, given what seems to be renewed interest in Eighties-era big sedans and wagons, I wouldn’t count these long-roofs out.

5 Newly Classic Convertibles

5 (More-Expensive) Newly Classic Convertibles

5 Newly Classic Convertibles (1988 Edition)

The 5 Most-Expensive American Wagons of 1972

The 10 Cheapest Wagons of 1973

 

Mercedes-Benz 300TE

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $49,060*/$89,400

Standard engine: 177-horsepower 3.0-liter 6-cylinder

Standard transmission: 4-speed automatic

*Includes $600 Gas Guzzler tax

 

Audi 200 Quattro Wagon

1990 Audi 200 Quattro Wagon

1990 Audi 200 Quattro Wagon

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $37,265/$67,900

Standard engine: 162-horsepower 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder

Standard transmission: 5-speed manual

 

Volvo 760 GLE Turbo

1990 Volvo 760 GLE Turbo Wagon

1990 Volvo 760 GLE Turbo Wagon

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $34,315/$62,600

Standard engine: 162-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Standard transmission: 4-speed automatic

 

Peugeot 505 Turbo SW8

1990 Peugeot 505 Turbo SW8

1990 Peugeot 505 Turbo SW8

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $26,500/$48,300

Standard engine: 180-horsepower 2.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Standard transmission: 5-speed manual

 

Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park LS

1990 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park LS

1990 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park LS

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $19,425/$35,400

Standard engine: 150-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

Standard transmission: 4-speed automatic

 

Volvo 240 DL

1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon

1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $19,290/$35,200

Standard engine: 114-horsepower 2.3-liter 4-cylinder

Standard transmission: 5-speed manual

 

Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX Country Squire

1990 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX Country Squire

1990 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX Country Squire

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $19,266/$35,100

Standard engine: 150-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

Standard transmission: 4-speed automatic

 

Pontiac 6000 S/E

1990 Pontiac 6000 S/E Wagon

1990 Pontiac 6000 S/E Wagon

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $18,959/$34,600

Standard engine: 140-horsepower 3.1-liter V6

Standard transmission: 3-speed automatic

 

Buick Estate Wagon

1990 Buick Estate Wagon

1990 Buick Estate Wagon

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $18,445/$33,600

Standard engine: 140-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

Standard transmission: 4-speed automatic

 

Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

1990 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

1990 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Base Price (1990/inflation adjusted): $18,100/$33,000

Standard engine: 140-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

Standard transmission: 4-speed automatic

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