1950s American

Index of collectible American cars of the 1950s

1950s American Classics posted another positive quarter, gaining an additional percentage point. As with many of the other indices, the gain comes as the as of very mixed movement. Following the January auctions in Scottsdale and Kissimmee, however, it is apparent that there is still room to grow for some vehicles.

The 1957 Ford Thunderbird rose by an impressive 13 percent, while the less discussed Hudson Hornet gained 10 percent. Notable losses in this segment were the elegant Continental MK II at a 10 percent loss and Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, which softened by 7 percent. With 7 component cars gaining value and 6 losing, there is little clear direction on the future direction of 1950s American cars.

-Greg Ingold, April 2023

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