26 July 2016

Hagerty Vehicle Rating – July 2016 Bottom 25 cars

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:

1959-1967 Austin-Healey 3000 7
1948-1954 Jaguar XK120 11
1962-1969 Austin-Healey Sprite 13
1950-1953 MG TD 15
1955-1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 16
1955-1957 Ford Fairlane 16
1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro 16
1952-1956 Mercury Monterey 17
1971-1976 Buick LeSabre 18
1973-1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 19
1999-2002 Corbin Sparrow 19
1972-1980 Mercedes-Benz 350SL / 450SL 20
1947-1952 Studebaker Champion 21
1953-1955 MG TF 21
1959-1960 Chevrolet Bel Air 21
1964-1967 Chevrolet El Camino 21
1964-1967 Pontiac LeMans 21
1968-1970 Plymouth GTX 21
1969-1974 Ford Galaxie 21
1950-1953 Buick Special 21
1965-1970 Shelby GT350 23
1974-1977 Porsche 911 24
1966-1968 Ferrari 330 GTC and 330 GTS 24
1964-1967 Pontiac Tempest 25
1967-1971 DeTomaso Mangusta 25
1989–1991 Chrysler TC by Maserati 25
1946-1948 Lincoln Continental 25
1964-1968 Porsche 911 25

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.

13 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Alan Berry California July 28, 2016 at 13:14
    Seems mostly British and American cars, with Brit cars taking the top 4 spots. Glad to see the 190SL has leveled out. I thought it had become way overpriced in the last couple of years. Kind of a German well built version of T Bird in my view.
  • 2
    tom jakeway lewis, colorado July 28, 2016 at 13:16
    You mention 1964 - 1967 Pontiac LeMans, yet you show a GTO. Oops......
  • 3
    David Carroll North Carolina July 28, 2016 at 14:30
    Frankly, I'm delighted to see the older 911's appreciate so poorly. It means there's slightly more than a snowball's change in hell that I might one day be able to afford one.
  • 4
    Rev. Richard Rentner Michigan July 28, 2016 at 09:31
    Apparently this list is based solely on valuation. Some (many) of the cars on this list are really neat, fun cars, and deserve more love than Hagerty gives. Follow your heart, not just your wallet!
  • 5
    Walter Reynolds Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada July 28, 2016 at 21:59
    I'm sure that my friends who own Healeys and MGs listed will be none too pleased with the market but, that's OK, it gives my 1963 Rover 3 Litre a chance to move up!
  • 6
    Gary Ellison Longmont Colorado July 28, 2016 at 10:30
    The 67-69 Camaro picture in the Bottom 25 cars shows a picture of a lime green 1970 Plymouth GTX. Might want to have a picture of a 67-69 Camaro in that article.
  • 7
    Ray Matteis Santa Cruz, CA July 28, 2016 at 11:28
    You have the GTX labeled as a Camaro! Chevy and Chrysler mixed up?
  • 8
    Ken Finnigan Kaakloops,BC July 28, 2016 at 23:42
    It must be strange that people are lining up to buy my '65 Austin Healey on completion of my rebuild of this great car. Check your files on me if you wish.
  • 9
    Leland Robinson 36695 July 28, 2016 at 12:04
    Suspect the decline in this vintage of British cars is due to the difficulty, no near impossibility, of finding someone other than the owner to work on them. and considering that many owners of vintage cars lust after the car they wanted but couldn't afford in high school or college. That would place most of us in in our 70's. Working on the car; lying on the concrete floor with the car on jack stands ain't as much fun as it was 25 years ago, Just saw a TV show moaning about the difficulty of rebuilding and syncing SU carbs. Touchy project, but not rocket science. But try finding a local mechanic to do that for you. The good news is I may be able to afford a couple of new additions to the garage.
  • 10
    Robert canada July 28, 2016 at 12:36
    Simple -most of those cars are from the 1950s-1960s, and the generation that remembers those cars and wants one is moving on in terms of their collecting. Most likely, they are starting to get rid of their car; hence, the decrease in value as the mass of them starts to get sold off.
  • 11
    BULLITT65 SoCal July 28, 2016 at 12:44
    I know the 67 & 68 Camaros have taken a hit, but the 69 is still moving up, distancing itself form the two previous years.
  • 12
    Steve Green No. Monterey County, CA August 1, 2016 at 12:41
    I'm glad to see that Ramblers (specifically the '59-'60 Rambler Americans) did not show up on the list. . . . . . . .
  • 13
    Mitch T N. Arizona August 4, 2016 at 15:48
    The mid-70s, "oft-maligned" Porsche 911 is perpetuating an old myth that these cars are problems. The 2.7 liter was used in the earlier RS that is almost unobtainable price wise. Most of these cars have been rebuilt with stronger head studs, carrera tensioners, and additional cooling. The base 911 was higher in horsepower than the previous 911T and had more torque and driveability. Yes...they are priced a little lower than the prior-1974 models and are a great way to enter the market and have a wonderful car. Your reporter needs to do better homework.

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