German Collectibles

Index of post-war German collectible cars

Over half of the component cars in Hagerty’s German Collectibles Index recorded no change at all this past period while there was a nearly even split between increases and decreases, leaving the overall index flat over the past four months. Previously red-hot models like the 1979 Porsche 930 and 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL continue their gradual decline after peaking in 2016-17, while top-tier Mercedes-Benz models like the 300SL and 280SE 3.5 remained flat. The component Porsches were a mixed bag, even within the 356 range, as three cars increased, three decreased, and four stayed still.

As was the case in May, things are more dynamic (and positive) for German cars outside of this index. Many Volkswagen Beetles saw significant gains, as did 1990s Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class models as well as the BMW 8-Series. All of the above were some of this period’s biggest gainers among all the vehicles Hagerty tracks, and while many of the traditionally “classic” German collector cars appear soft, their newer counterparts continue to gain a larger following of enthusiasts and therefore higher prices.

- Andrew Newton, September 2019

The Hagerty Price Guide Index of German Cars is a stock market style index that averages the values of 21 of the most sought after cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche 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