HPG21 Index Preview: Post-War British Cars

British cars have been flying under the radar for the past few years following their tumble in 2009. At the start of 2010 this group of cars was worth 12% less than it was just 12 months earlier, mostly as E-Types and XKs stumbled. Of course, that was the low point, and the start of five consecutive periods of growth. Today, Hagerty’s Index of Collectible British Cars is at a high-water mark, 18% above the low.

Leading this charge is the Austin-Healey 100M, which continues to hold strong in the market. E-Types have rebounded, with gains of 29% over three years, and early Triumph TRs have performed equally well during the same timeframe. Rising values are widespread enough in this sector that it seems reasonable to expect that XK120 pricing will regain lost ground fairly soon.

Index value: 115.4 All-time high: 115.4 (May 2013)
Five-year high: 115.4 (May 2013) Five-year low: 97.6 (September 2009)
Four-month change: 5% 12-month change: 7%
36-month change: 17% 60-month change: 4%
Component cars: 10 Gainers: 7
No change: 1 Losers: 2

Component cars 

1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 ph2 -1% 1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans 12%
1965 Jaguar E-type SI 4.2L convertible 8% 1954 Jaguar XK120 roadster 2%
1961 MGA 1600 roadster 3% 1963 MGB Mk I 4%
1955 MG TF-1500 roadster n/c 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II convertible 2%
1962 Triumph TR3A roadster 5% 1972 Triumph TR6 convertible -1%