26 July 2016

Hagerty Vehicle Rating – July 2016 Bottom 25 cars

While much of the collector car market has been superheated over the last 24 months, certain classics seem to have shed more temperature than others. And we’re not talking about Cimarrons and Le Cars, either.

In fact, the bottom 25 cars in this month’s Hagerty Vehicle Rating include plenty of familiar faces, like a handful of traditional British roadsters — your Austin-Healey 3000s and Sprites, Jaguar XK120s, MG TDs and TFs. These will always be incredibly fun, agile roadsters, but perhaps they signal a shift in proclivities as newer, more accessible, more reliable sports cars become available.

Another surprise from the depths is the 1967–69 Camaro. There’s no shortage of these handsome pony cars, but we’re starting to see them fall off somewhat both at public sales and in private transactions. It will be interesting to see whether the Camaro’s 50th anniversary in 2017 results in any bump in activity for the sporty first-generation models.

Finally, no car better represents the recent blistering pace of growth in value than vintage 911s, but the 1974–77 model is an exception. While generations before and since have surged, these have not. Perhaps it’s down to their oft-maligned 2.7-liter engines, which are lower on power compared with their stablemates and have an unfortunate reputation for self-destruction. Further, most of the 911s from this era pre-date the rust-proofing galvanizing that Porsche began in 1976. All of which adds up to a less desirable machine in collectors’ eyes.

Here’s a complete look at the cars bringing up the tail of the Hagerty Vehicle Rating:

Vehicle
1959-1967 Austin-Healey 3000 7
1948-1954 Jaguar XK120 11
1962-1969 Austin-Healey Sprite 13
1950-1953 MG TD 15
1955-1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 16
1955-1957 Ford Fairlane 16
1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro 16
1952-1956 Mercury Monterey 17
1971-1976 Buick LeSabre 18
1973-1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 19
1999-2002 Corbin Sparrow 19
1972-1980 Mercedes-Benz 350SL / 450SL 20
1947-1952 Studebaker Champion 21
1953-1955 MG TF 21
1959-1960 Chevrolet Bel Air 21
1964-1967 Chevrolet El Camino 21
1964-1967 Pontiac LeMans 21
1968-1970 Plymouth GTX 21
1969-1974 Ford Galaxie 21
1950-1953 Buick Special 21
1965-1970 Shelby GT350 23
1974-1977 Porsche 911 24
1966-1968 Ferrari 330 GTC and 330 GTS 24
1964-1967 Pontiac Tempest 25
1967-1971 DeTomaso Mangusta 25
1989–1991 Chrysler TC by Maserati 25
1946-1948 Lincoln Continental 25
1964-1968 Porsche 911 25

The Hagerty Vehicle Rating is a 0-100 score that tracks a car’s value change compared to the entire classic-car market. A car with a rating higher than 50 means it is appreciating faster than the overall market. A score below 50 means the car is lagging. While our rating algorithm uses Hagerty’s extensive valuation database and detailed market data—we go deep and include the number of recent insurance quotes and auction sell-through rates—the usual disclaimers apply: Use this score as a guide and not an indication of future results.

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