Index of 1960s American muscle cars
This time last year, Hagerty’s Muscle Car Index was at an all-time high, but over the past four months it recorded the largest drop of any index for the second time in a row, falling 7 percent to a five-year low. While more than three-quarters of the index’s component cars recorded no change at all, another large drop for the 1970 Hemi Cuda convertible (among the most valuable muscle cars of all) and a 4 percent decrease for the 1964 Impala SS were more than enough to pull the overall score down.
Values elsewhere in the classic muscle market either tracked straight or were slightly down. In recent years there hasn’t been much appreciation in this segment, and certain top tier muscle cars like Hemi Cudas have stumbled. That said, the mass appeal of American muscle cars, particularly to younger enthusiasts, has kept values in this segment mostly firm. For more affordable and well-known models this trend should continue, but the outlook for more expensive and more obscure muscle cars is more uncertain.
- Andrew Newton, January 2020
The Hagerty Price Guide Index of American Muscle Cars is a stock market style index that averages the values of the rarest and most sought-after muscle cars. 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.