Index of post-war German collectible cars
Hagerty’s German Car Index enjoyed its third consecutive increase, albeit at a miniscule two percent change. The weight was carried by early Porsches, which continue to outperform the rest of this sub-market. Bent-window 356s in particular and the 356C coupe all made double-digit moves. BMW and Mercedes-Benz models (190SL down eight percent year over year) as well as early 911s didn’t fare as well (Turbo 930s down nine percent year over year).
Looking outside of this index but within the German car market, 1980s and 1990s Mercedes were strong, with the 1986-89 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL jumping by 46 percent and the 1986-92 560SEC surging by 33 percent. These examples provide more emphasis that style and reliability at an affordable entry price is what is inspiring buyers at the moment.
The Hagerty Price Guide Index of German Cars is a stock market style index that averages the values of 21 of the most sought after cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche from the 1950s-70s. The list below shows the cars that make up the index, while the graph to the left shows this index’s average value over the years. Values are for #2 condition, or “excellent” cars.