7 May 2013

HPG21 Index Preview: Post-War German Cars

German marques have been incredible performers ever since we began tracking this market segment in 2006, but for a long time they were relatively unheralded as Ferraris garnered most of the attention. The market has fully taken notice now, however, as we have observed increased recognition of this group among collectors, pundits and the press. And for good reason. Hagerty’s Index of Collectible Post-War German Cars saw a 17% gain this past period, which is one of the most aggressive moves we have tracked for any index — ever.

Truth be told, the Gmund coupe exerted a disproportionate influence as two confirmed sales of this rare and desirable model established a new (and impressive) market level for the progenitor of the Porsche brand. Gains here were not reflective of four-month movement, but are more realistically an expression of market changes that have been occurring behind closed doors during the past three years.

Even so, prices swiftly moved upward for most Mercedes and early 911s, making the BMW 507’s 8% gain seem downright sleepy.

Index value: 206.9 All-time high: 206.9 (May 2013)
Five-year high: 206.9 (May 2013) Five-year low: 136.9 (May 2009)
Four-month change: 17% 12-month change: 23%
36-month change: 47% 60-month change: 50%
Component cars: 21 Gainers: 20
No change: 1 Losers: 0

Component cars 

1948 Porsche 356 Gmund coupe 171% 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster 1%
1956 Porsche 356A 1500 GS Carrera Speedster 1% 1959 Porsche 356A Super coupe 1%
1962 Porsche 356B Twin Grille S90 roadster 2% 1965 Porsche 356C Super coupe 1%
1967 Porsche 911S Targa 22% 1972 Porsche 911S coupe 12%
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring coupe 5% 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera coupe 6%
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Cabriolet 32% 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe 10%
1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster 50% 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster 21%
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 convertible 9% 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan 1%
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL roadster 43% 1973 BMW 3.0CSL "Batmobile" n/c
1972-73 BMW 2002tii coupe 3% 1960 BMW 507 8%
1979-80 BMW M1 1%

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