Hagerty Vehicle Rating – January 2017 top 25 cars

Just as in November 2016, the hottest models of January ‘17 according to the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, remain vintage pickups and SUVs. Eleven of the top 25 this month fit the description, and their rise is being driven by equal parts of happy nostalgia and affordability.

The 1976-86 Jeep CJ-7 gained a point from the last period taking the top spot again, and it was also joined on the list by two other Jeeps—the Grand Wagoneer and the CJ-5. The Ford Bronco surged from number 22 to number 2 this month due to strong sales in the private market, highlighting this boxy SUV’s enduring appeal (and perhaps excitement over the revived nameplate). The 1969-72 Chevrolet Blazer climbed ten places to number 14, and both the 1947-1955 Chevrolet 3100 and 1961-1966 Ford F-Series were new additions to the list.

The Dodge Power Wagon slipped from the second spot to being tied for number 23, although we expect this model will rebound in the rankings in March when strong Scottsdale sales will be recognized.

Some high-profile auction sales launched the Shelby Cobra to the 10 spot, marking the first time since the Hagerty Vehicle Rating’s debut in July 2016 that a million-dollar car has made the list.

Falling out of the top 25 were some expensive sports cars like the Ferrari 360, BMW Z8, and BMW E30 M3, as well as some more affordable European models like the Mercedes-Benz 560SL and 190E, the Volkswagen Golf Mk II, and the Porsche 968. Taking their place are the attractive BMW E9 coupe and the ever-popular 1949-67 Volkswagen Beetle, which was in the rankings earlier this year.

The full rundown of this month’s top 25 vehicles is as follows:

1976-1986 Jeep CJ-7 97
1966-1977 Ford Bronco 96
1969-1972 Pontiac Grand Prix 96
1982-1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass 95
1949-1952 Chevrolet Styleline 91
1961-1964 Chevrolet Biscayne 90
1961-1971 International Harvester Scout 90
1991-1996 Acura NSX 90
1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup 89
1978-1987 Buick Regal 88
1947-1955 Chevrolet 3100 88
1994-1998 Porsche 911 88
1962-1967 Shelby Cobra 88
1961-1966 Ford F-Series 87
1969-1972 Chevrolet C/K Blazer 87
1949-1967 Volkswagen Beetle 87
1968-1971 BMW 2800CS, 1972-1975 3.0CS 87
1955-1983 Jeep CJ-5 87
1969-1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 86
1984-1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 86
1967-1972 GMC C/K Series Pickup 86
1970-1981 Pontiac Firebird 86
1978-1983 Datsun 280ZX 85
1983-1989 BMW M6 85
1945-1968 Dodge Power Wagon 85

The Hagerty Vehicle Rating is derived through the use of the following data:

  • Hagerty Price Guide — Measures the change in value of #3-condition (good) cars.
  • Insured Activity — Measures how many cars have been added to Hagerty’s insured book and their average value at the time they’re added.
  • Quote Activity — Measures how many cars have been quoted.
  • Auction Activity — Measures the number of cars, their average sale price and the sell-through rate for those cars.
  • Private Sales Activity — Measures number of cars sold, average sale price and what percentage of them sell above their insured value.
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