Index of 1960s American muscle cars
Back in 2018, Hagerty’s Muscle Car Index hit an all-time high. It then slipped with nearly every update since, and this January sat at a five-year low. Since January, however, it has bounced back in a surprisingly big way. Nearly half of the cars in the index gained value, and they were all big gains, too. The Chevelle LS6 Coupe surged by a massive 21 percent, the 1970 4-4-2 W-30 Coupe jumped 17 percent, and the 1970 Hemi Superbird increased 14 percent.
If we had to pick a winner in terms of upward trajectory it would be GM, but the entire classic muscle market showed strength and experienced few losses. Although January 2021 didn’t have as many large muscle car-heavy auctions as in normal years, the auctions that did take place achieved healthy prices, and cars continue to trade hands on the private market for solid numbers. We have long touted muscle cars’ broad appeal and accessibility as key strengths for maintaining relevance and long-term interest in the hobby. With the flurry of recent buying activity, it shows that they’re as relevant as ever.
-Andrew Newton, May 2021
The Hagerty Price Guide Index of American Muscle Cars is a stock market style index that averages the values of the rarest and most sought-after muscle cars. 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.