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.

Traditional post-war British classics had a quiet summer, with this index only recording a one percent decline. No car increased in value and only two dropped (the Sunbeam Tiger at four percent and the Triumph TR3A at two percent). Even looking as far back as 2014, this group of cars has only moved four percent (downward).

Reliability relative to cost is working against these cars, as so many modern options that are more instantly usable and at a lower price compete for many of the same drivers. These cars do possess a stylish charm that newer models are not imbued with, so don’t count them out entirely. Just make sure to be particularly mindful of condition and provenance when eyeing a buying opportunity for one of these models, as those are the ones that will be best positioned to hold their value.


-Brian Rabold, September 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