1950s American

Index of collectible American cars of the 1950s

Last quarter, the 1950s American Classics Index saw one of its largest increases in recent memory. That 6 percent rise was driven by a broad increase to nearly half the component cars. This quarter is a different story, however. Most of the vehicles that rose in value last quarter posted no gains in the most recent one.

Only two cars posted gains, with the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz gaining 5 percent and the 1956 Continental Mk II gaining 12 percent. There was only one loss in value with the 1957 Ford Thunderbird losing 11 percent. Much of what we are observing with 50s American Cars is happening across much of the rest of the market. After sharp gains at the beginning of the year, most values have held steady or seen their growth slowing down. With most segments of the market at an all-time high or making their way to it, it remains to be seen just how much higher the market can rise. What we can say for sure is that the situation is still playing out.

-Greg Ingold, July 2022

The Hagerty Price Guide Index of 1950s American Classics is a stock market style index that averages the values of 19 of the most sought after collectible American automobiles of the 1950s. The list below shows the cars that make up the index, while the graph to the left shows this index’s average value over the years. Values are for #2 condition, or “excellent” cars.

This index includes