Collector Car Values Called Flat in COL Market Trends Report

1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra

In accessing collector car values for 2016, the 1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra currently listed in the Cars On Line Classic Ford Section has gone up over 240 percent in value since 2015. Don’t let this one get away. The current price is only $59,900, well below the current value for a No. 2 condition collector car.

Collector Car Values Flat for 2016 …

Cars On Line.com’s new Market Trends Report shows collector car values have risen less than 2 percent since the end of 2015. That’s no surprise to classic car collectors who watch the market closely. Even the high profile national collector car auctions have been unable to keep up the hot pace they have set in the last five years. Prices will end up flatlining for the year.

When Cars On Line, the internet’s most popular classic car website, released their recent Market Trends Report this week, we learned that collector car values had risen only 1.7 percent over values recorded at the end of 2015. Players in the collector car market had been accustomed to double digit increases in classic car prices up until the 2008 economic recession. Ever since the recession we’ve been waiting for that breakout year when the collector car market would return to “normal.” In the years since 2008 collector car values are up 13 percent overall. However many popular models never returned to the lofty values they attained prior to 2008. In 2015, prices rose over 5 percent. But 2016 will not see those kind of increases in collector car values. These days, car collecting is for the pure hobbyist. The “players” or “investor” type collectors are being shaken out of the hobby.

Some cars however are increasing in value in spite of the flat growth in the market. On average, classic Fords have gone up 12.5 percent in 2016. Look at the chart below and you’ll see Ford Torino 429 Cobra Jets are up more than any other “blue collar” Ford in our sample group. Prices on the big block Torinos are up 240 percent over the past year. For many years, Torinos were not given the respect they deserved, but now it looks like many of the blue collar muscle cars of the past are catching up in value.

Here is our sample group of collectors cars which are most often traded in today’s market. You can compare their current prices (third column) to the prices last year (middle column), and compared to collector car values in 2008.

 

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2015 2016 
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $19,200 $28,450
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $24,500 $28,475
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $33,400 $33,500
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $59,600 $49,400
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $38,150 $52,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $46,350 $47,700
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $33,400 $33,780
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $174,000 $154,000
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $120,250 $140,875
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $61,900 $63,400
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $38,850 $45,200
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $68,700 $68,467
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $242,500 $283,625
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $66,400 $75,840
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $22,700 $77,250
CHEVROLET
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $78,875 $76,825
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $35,250 $42,267
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $63,846 $62,400
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $52,575 $62,925
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $47,450 $51,027
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $74,092 $78,690
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $40,000 $40,250
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $89,282 $95,100
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $88,897 $107,220
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $55,800 $60,397
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $40,550 $49,300
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $37,450 $35,838
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $154,500 $173,033 $137,083
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $60,000 $62,933
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $67,292 $55,067
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $52,450 $50,513
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $106,627 $101,375
EDSELS
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2 $29,400 $57,733 $50,000
AMERICAN MOTORS
1968 AMC AMX Go Pack No. 2 $16,800 $35,650 $31,950
NASH
1960 Metropolitan Convertible No. 2 $9,450 $17,525 $20,000
MOPARS
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $56,000 $47,567
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $213,863 $246,000
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400 $36,000 $36,000
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer No. 2 $24,500 $24,300 $43,300
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T No. 2 $22,400 $26,550 $38,570
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $56,900 $56,100
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $85,875 $112,250
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $85,850 $62,933
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $65,300 $52,275
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $45,100 $39,833
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $106,188 $92,000
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $150,813 $164,417
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $314,000 $271,500
1970 Barracuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $42,175 $53,500
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $44,950 $40,467
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $77,056 $68,067
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $35,775 $34,900
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $36,174 $37,775
PACKARD
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $150,000  $182,000
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $78,450 $79,650
PONTIAC
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,500 $24,500
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $62,200 $52,733
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $66,717 $55,100
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $48,711 $40,700
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $73,290 $64,175
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $135,500 $73,750
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
$35,225
$42,900
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $112,000 $124,708
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $76,200 $116,600
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $125,000 $135,000
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $95,900 $109,167
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $71,100 $81,333
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $73,650 $67,750
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
$127,000
 $92,800
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $111,000 $113,000
STUDEBAKER
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $46,700 $50,000
1950 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION No. 2 $12,600 $19,063 $18,500
1953 STUDEBAKER REGAL No. 2 $16,100 $28,450 $21,300
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI No. 2 $19,600 $35,194 $22,850
HUDSON
1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX PICKUP No. 2 $17,500 $21,000 $18,000
1951 HUDSON HORNET 2-DR No. 2 $18,200 $28,400 $28,400

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Collector Car Values Called Flat in COL Market Trends Report

  1. Michael Clancy October 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Classic Car Prices Up 3.8 Percent in 2016 … ( Previous post on your web site)

    • larry k November 2, 2016 at 12:58 am #

      Michael, we publish this report four times a year. At the time of the previous post prices were a little higher. They in general have been pretty flat for the past five years. You remember in the early 2000’s they would go up in double digits every year. That was our point.

      Thanks for your comment.

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