British Cars

Index of post-war British collectible cars

In May 2019, Hagerty’s British Car Index hit an all-time high, but since September 2019 this sector has recorded a larger drop than any other index save for one. Half of this group’s component cars recorded a loss over the past four months, and just one car—the 1972 Triumph TR6—recorded a gain. That increase was a minor 1 percent.

Outside the index, many 1950s Aston Martins recorded the biggest losses of any British cars, while the MG TD continued its gradual slide downward with a 7 percent loss and the Triumph GT6 continued its gradual climb upward with a 9 percent gain. Meanwhile, most bread-and-butter models from MG, Triumph and Austin-Healey were less volatile with either no change or minor movements up or down.

We have noted in the past that the long-term outlook for British cars is uncertain since younger buyers in general still shy away from them. That still seems to be the case, but budget-conscious buyers looking for maximum fun and style per dollar should keep an eye on this segment.

- Andrew Newton, January 2020

The Hagerty Price Guide Index of British Cars is a stock market style index that averages the values of 10 of the most iconic British sports cars from the 1950s-70s. 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