What do the Citroën DS Wagon, Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon and the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ have in common? They’re all collector cars and while they can be fun to have around, that doesn’t always mean they’re ideal for running to the grocery store — or, say, camping.
On the other hand, collectible cars can still be useful in real-world scenarios. Automotive valuation expert Donald Osborne spoke with Jay Leno about three such ultra-utilitarian vehicles, to determine which was the best investment.
First up, the Citroën DS Wagon. In 1972, this vehicle looked like it was from the future — and, somehow, it still sort of does. What made the Citroën special was its load engineering. Special hydropneumatics controlled the suspension in this spacious wagon, meaning no matter how much you crammed into the back, it wouldn’t sag. This Citroën originally sold for about $4,500.
Speaking of spacious, the 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon might as well have been a yacht. The behemoth originally sold for about $5,600, and you got a lot for your money. It had power everything: locks, windows, cruise control, air conditioning. And with 100 cubic feet of load space, you could basically take everyone in Wyoming out for ice cream.