1950s American

Index of collectible American cars of the 1950s

Hagerty’s index of American cars from the 1950s was static during this last period, holding at its all-time high of 128.0. The 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner led the way with a 5% climb, while the 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk balanced that change with a 5% decline.

The forecast here doesn’t suggest anything radically different in the future. Demographics are against major increases in this sector over the long term, but older Baby Boomers are still adding to their collections and keeping these cars afloat. Fins and chrome from the 1950s are more “sleepy” than “sleepers,” but that also means there is good opportunity for buying cheap presence here. Relative to where the rest of the market was ten years ago, a 1950s luxury car can be considered a bargain, especially for restored cars where costs can quickly exceed the value of the car itself.


-Brian Rabold, January 2017

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 to the left shows the cars that make up the index, while the graph above shows this index’s average value over the years. Values are for #2 condition, or “excellent” cars.

This index includes