26 July 2016

Hagerty Vehicle Rating – July 2016 Top 25 cars

“Modern classics” – those vehicles built in the 1980s and later – remain the market’s strongest segment according to this month’s Hagerty Vehicle Rating. In fact, seven of the 10 hottest cars, are 25 years old or younger, bucking conventional wisdom that a vehicle needs to age past a quarter century before turning into something other than a used car.

Furthermore, and notwithstanding the two Ferrari V-8s on the list, more than half of the vehicles shown here can be bought for less than the price of a new Kia Rio, about $14,000. This illustrates that the market’s entry level is vibrant. This is great news for non-discriminating buyers who are looking for something that is both fun and affordable, as most of these models can be found in sound condition in virtually every part of America.

Along with more modern vehicles, older SUVs and pickups continue seeing appreciation and strong interest. The current popularity of favorites like the first generation Ford Bronco and the International Scout II may not be surprising, but demand for the Jeep CJ-7 and third generation Chevrolet C/K pickups is even stronger. Again, this is good news for opportunists, as Jeeps and C/Ks are ubiquitous enough to be easily sourced, but have been overlooked by many enthusiasts.

1994-1999 Ferrari F355 98
1982-1991 Porsche 944 96
1999-2005 Ferrari 360 96
1991-1996 Acura NSX 94
1986-1992 BMW M3 94
1963-1965 Buick Riviera 94
1986-1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 93
1992-1995 Porsche 968 93
1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX 92
1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup 92
1984-1989 Nissan 300ZX 91
1982-1986 Toyota Supra 90
1948-1990 Citroen 2CV 90
1976-1996 Jaguar XJ-S 89
1950-1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter 87
1984-1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 87
1999-2003 BMW Z8 87
1994-1998 Porsche 911 86
1972-1980 International Scout II 85
1976-1986 Jeep CJ-7 85
1989-1993 Cadillac DeVille 85
1966-1977 Ford Bronco 85
1965-1970 Buick LeSabre 85
1958-1959 Ford Fairlane 85
1975-1979 Chevrolet Nova 85
1949-1967 Volkswagen Beetle 85

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.

7 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Erik kramme Glen Ellyn il. July 28, 2016 at 18:49
    Why not include the 1980 280zx anniversary ed. Only 500 were made, very few still exist, perhaps less than 100 world wide according to The Registry.
  • 2
    Mike Smiley Charlotte, NC July 28, 2016 at 11:21
    A little surprised that the 1987-1988 BMW M6 and 2001-2002 BMW M Coupe didn't make this list, especially when benched against the 1986-1989 Mercedes 560 SL and the BMW Z8. Further, will the Porsche 944 finally have its day in the sun???
  • 3
    Wayne Noyes Delmar Ny July 28, 2016 at 12:55
    I have a 1998 camaro ss slp with a Ls1 motor in it artic white with black ss stripes on it with only 30,000 miles on it what do you rate that and what value would you put on it.Thanks!
  • 4
    Bruce Frazer Fairfield, Va July 29, 2016 at 21:02
    Where would you place a 1990 Jaguar XJ- S convertible V-12 in the ratings for future appreciation?
  • 5
    AIRCOR Ontario July 30, 2016 at 09:39
    I have a 1984 Ford F150 XL short box. Done up as a hot rod. I get lots of thumbs up, and offers to buy. Owned since new, not for sale.
  • 6
    Dave DE August 19, 2016 at 13:06
    Interesting no G bodies of the 80's. Particularly the Monte Carlo SS and the Buick GN.
  • 7
    Dana Waverly ny March 8, 2017 at 18:33
    If you look up haggerty's top 25 cars you find the 280ZX listed there.

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