1950s American

Index of collectible American cars of the 1950s

Hagerty’s 1950s American Index was unchanged this period, mainly because the Continental Mark II’s 14% advance offset the losses recorded by 7 of this index’s 19 component cars.

In many regards, 1950s American cars have become something of a forgotten market. Younger buyers have no nostalgic connection to the fins and chrome of these models, and aren’t particularly impressed with the cars’ performance either. Baby Boomers are still the biggest buying cohort in the market, though, and they seem to be trading these cars between each other which has been enough to keep values steady. This is the good news for the short term, although these conditions obviously won’t persist in the long run.

The maxim “buy for enjoyment, not for investment” is doubly true among these cars. While future gains aren’t out of the question, it is highly unlikely that these cars will outpace the market as the years go on.


-Brian Rabold, May 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 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