Index of 1960s American muscle cars
The Hagerty Muscle Car Index recorded its fifth consecutive decrease this past period, but the past two updates have been relatively small at 1 percent. The latest drop is entirely down to the softening of two high-dollar favorites – the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 (down 10 percent, or $29,000) and the 1969 Hemi Charger 500 (down 8 percent, or $16,000). Every single other muscle car in the index stayed flat, and that stability is largely representative of the American muscle market as a whole.
The last major economic downturn saw muscle cars suffer more than any other segment, but the situation in 2020 is different than it was in 2008. So far in 2020 American muscle is treading water rather than sinking, and muscle cars have a remarkably widespread appeal across budgets and demographics. That will keep muscle cars, especially the most popular models, relevant and desirable for the foreseeable future.
-Andrew Newton, September 2020
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.