British Cars

Index of post-war British collectible cars

Rebounding Sunbeam Tiger prices, strength among Jaguar E-Types, and some surprising growth among Triumph TR6s helped Hagerty’s British Index halt a 16-month skid and record its biggest positive move since May 2015. Yes, the change was only two percent, but any move in the black is noteworthy.

The first four months of the year were uneventful for Hagerty’s British Car Index. Only four of the index’s ten cars changed in value, and none at a clip greater than one percent. In real terms, the biggest dollar swing was $1,000 for the Austin-Healey 100M Le Mans—not exactly a picture of volatility.

The cars in this group are all easily available, so supply is working against them. The fact that they are holding steady only shows that the bulk of buyers are still interested in archetypal notions of what a classic car is, even while more modern cars are increasingly in demand. In other words, for many people it isn’t an either/or choice of whether to own a Jaguar E-Type or a Bentley Continental GTC. Each car offers its own advantages.


-Brian Rabold, May 2018

The Hagerty Price Guide Index of British Cars is a stock market style index that averages the values of 10 of the most iconic British sports cars 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