British Cars

Index of post-war British collectible cars

This time last year, Hagerty’s British Car Index was at its highest point ever, but it has since slipped with each update and currently sits at a five-year low. Half of this group’s component cars recorded no change since January, while two of the index’s most expensive cars – the 1965 Jaguar E-Type and 1954 Jaguar XK120 – both recorded significant drops. Aside from softer Jaguar prices pulling the index downward, elsewhere in the classic British car market there were modest gains for Lotus Elans, original Mini Coopers and Triumph GT6s. There were also some noticeable drops for classic Aston Martins. For the most part, however, values largely remained steady for mainstream models from MG, Triumph, Morgan and Austin-Healey.

Traditionally, the biggest appeals for most classic British cars are fun, affordability and endless opportunities for tinkering. Although the longer-term outlook for British cars is uncertain, their fun and style per dollar is enduring.

- Andrew Newton, May 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