While much of the collector car market has been superheated over the last 24 months, certain classics seem to have shed more temperature than others. And we’re not talking about Cimarrons and Le Cars, either.
In fact, the bottom 25 cars in this month’s Hagerty Vehicle Rating include plenty of familiar faces, like a handful of traditional British roadsters — your Austin-Healey 3000s and Sprites, Jaguar XK120s, MG TDs and TFs. These will always be incredibly fun, agile roadsters, but perhaps they signal a shift in proclivities as newer, more accessible, more reliable sports cars become available.
Another surprise from the depths is the 1967–69 Camaro. There’s no shortage of these handsome pony cars, but we’re starting to see them fall off somewhat both at public sales and in private transactions. It will be interesting to see whether the Camaro’s 50th anniversary in 2017 results in any bump in activity for the sporty first-generation models.
Finally, no car better represents the recent blistering pace of growth in value than vintage 911s, but the 1974–77 model is an exception. While generations before and since have surged, these have not. Perhaps it’s down to their oft-maligned 2.7-liter engines, which are lower on power compared with their stablemates and have an unfortunate reputation for self-destruction. Further, most of the 911s from this era pre-date the rust-proofing galvanizing that Porsche began in 1976. All of which adds up to a less desirable machine in collectors’ eyes.
Here’s a complete look at the cars bringing up the tail of the Hagerty Vehicle Rating:
The Hagerty Vehicle Rating is a 0-100 score that tracks a car’s value change compared to the entire classic-car market. A car with a rating higher than 50 means it is appreciating faster than the overall market. A score below 50 means the car is lagging. While our rating algorithm uses Hagerty’s extensive valuation database and detailed market data—we go deep and include the number of recent insurance quotes and auction sell-through rates—the usual disclaimers apply: Use this score as a guide and not an indication of future results.