German Collectibles

Index of post-war German collectible cars

Hagerty’s German Car Index followed its modest drop in January with another 1 percent decrease in May. Over half of the component cars recorded no change, while upward movement was limited to a 10 percent increase for the 1962 Porsche 356B S90 roadster and a rebound for the Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Other Porsches in the 356 series, meanwhile, either recorded no change or a significant decrease, while previously red-hot classic 911s like the 1973 Carrera RS and 1979 930 Turbo Carrera continued their gradual slide. Like several other high tier collector cars, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing took a noticeable step back, as did BMW’s first supercar, the M1.

As has been the case in recent years, many German cars outside the index notched sizable growth with the latest update. The biggest gainers in this segment continue to skew towards the more modern and the more affordable, which is true elsewhere in the market but particularly so among German cars. Regardless of market volatility, German cars still offer the high build quality, clean styling, and camaraderie among loyal owners that make them so attractive to buyers of all ages and backgrounds.

- Andrew Newton, May 2020

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