The 25 cars buyers are forgetting about

If we told you that one of the most beloved air-cooled Porsche models would be a perennial on our Hagerty Vehicle Rating lists, you’d probably guess it would be among the 25 hottest collector vehicles—not the Bottom 25. Yet here’s the turbocharged 930 again, still near the bottom of our HVR list… and for good reason. Let us explain.

The Hagerty Vehicle Rating takes into consideration auction and private sales results, insurance quoting activity, and the number of new policies purchased to sort through hundreds of car models and compare them to the collector car market as a whole. Our valuation team then assigns each car a score from 1 to 100, with a score of 50 denoting a car that’s perfectly following the overall market trend. Popular cars that are gaining interest and value will score higher, while those with flagging interest or sale prices score lower. A vehicle’s position on the list isn’t a sign of future collectability—it’s more of a pulse marker on the current market.

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo
1979 Porsche 911 Turbo RM Sotheby’s

The 1976–1989 Porsche 911 Carrera (Turbo 930) is one heck of a car, and outperforms many of its peers; as such, it brings along a six-digit price tag. Along with the 930’s presence on the bottom of the last few HVR lists, another continued trend we’ve discovered is that the Bottom 25 list carries a much higher average value than the Top 25 list.

In the most recent scenario, the average price for a vehicle in #3 (Good) condition came to $18,000 for the 29 vehicles that comprised the top 25 HVR scorers. The Bottom 25 (which is actually made up of 28 vehicles) had an average #3 value of $33,350. Just like before, this contrast tells us that more collectors and enthusiasts are looking to add an affordable vehicle to their stable, and that there’s more buying and selling action to be had at the lower end of the market. No real surprise there.

There are some other interesting trends worth noting:

The ’67–’70 Eldorado’s rating has dropped four times in a row now; but perhaps a nice cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood can help remind people how striking the sharp-edged, long-hooded, front-wheel-drive status symbol really is.

Dropping furthest down the rankings is the 1963–1970 Datsun 1500/1600/2000. The sprightly drop-top has been a viable alternative to British standards; but, according to analyst James Hewitt, the 12-month running count in cars quoted has dropped the last two months, “This is the first time since late 2017 that these Datsuns have had a negative change two months in a row.” Hewitt noted.

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MKI 3/4 front
1965 Sunbeam Tiger MKI Mecum

The Sunbeam Tiger was built from a seemingly flawless recipe: British roadster body, Ford small-block V-8 engine, and just the right amount of involvement with the legendary Carroll Shelby. That hasn’t stopped it from making our Bottom 25 list several times now. Perhaps buyers looking for an alternative to a Shelby Cobra are opting for a replica instead.

Even among this Bottom 25, there are a few bright spots. “The ’75–’80 MGB has just ended a cold streak of four decreases in a row,” said Hewitt. However, the small bump has only taken the MGB from a 13 to a 15 in our ratings.

As we’ve said before, don’t let your favorite car’s appearance on this list get you down. We’ve had mid-year Corvettes, fabulous Mopar muscle, stately German cruisers, and ’50s classics on the list at one point or another, and many of them have bounced back into the thick of things. Notably absent from this Bottom 25 list—and from any of our last several samplings—are any trucks.

1988-1991 Buick Reatta 9
1967-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 10
1963-1971 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 15
1968-1971 Lincoln Continental Mk III 15
1975-1980 MG MGB 15
1976-1989 Porsche 911 Carrera (Turbo 930) 15
1958-1959 Ford Fairlane 17
1968-1982 Chevrolet Corvette 17
1997-2005 Acura NSX 17
1965-1970 Cadillac DeVille 18
1946-1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster 19
1946-1951 Mercury 19
1958-1961 Austin-Healey Sprite 19
1977-1988 Porsche 924 19
1987-1993 Cadillac Allante 20
1953-1962 Chevrolet Corvette 21
1955-1958 Cadillac Eldorado 21
1963-1970 Datsun 1500 / 1600 / 2000 Roadster 21
1964-1965 Mercury Comet 21
1964-1967 Sunbeam Tiger 21
1968-1970 Plymouth Road Runner 21
1956-1962 MG MGA 22
1960-1964 Ford Galaxie 22
1961-1964 Cadillac Series 62 22
1965-1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 22
1966-1967 Ford Fairlane 22
1967-1973 Plymouth Valiant 22
2008-Present Dodge Challenger 22
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