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Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report by Cars-On-Line.com

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report

In the Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report just published by Cars-On-Line.com, the value on  a 1965 Jaguar XKE Convertible is rapidly going up. Prices are rising on these E-Type droptops. Find more in the COL Jaguar Section online. See the comparisons to last year’s prices in the COL Report below.

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report

In the recent Cars-On-Line.com Market Trends Report, prices on collector cars have done something we have not witnessed in the 25 years our website has been in business on the internet. Collector car values this year have failed to move up or down by even one percent. That is the definition of a flat market, in our view. The report covers the sales prices of collector and specialty cars during the early months of 2017.

Cars-On-Line’s market analysis shows that classic Jaguars are in the fast lane for accelerating values. Our statistical test models for Jaguar XK AND XKE series cars show prices are up 28.7 percent in just the past five months. Whereas, the average value of a 1967 Jaguar V12 E-Type Roadster in 2016 was $71,904, the same car today would be worth $138,600 today.  In this case the XKE Roadster is up almost double what it was averaging at auctions last year. The highest price paid for a 1967 Jaguar V12 E-Type Roadster in the past five months was a whopping $213,000. Many are predicting that the rarest of the Jaguars, D-types and classic racing Jaguars will be commanding prices similar to the popular 1960’s Ferraris.

Among classic American cars, Pontiacs and Studebakers are continuing to increase in value. However, what is driving Pontiac collector car values now are not the GTO prices, but the prices on Firebirds and Trans Ams. Fords and Mopars are continuing to move slightly upward in value as well.

Here is the sample group of collector cars which change hands frequently in the collector car market. Compare average values between 2015 and 2016. The column 2008 shows what collector car values were in 2008 at the height of the collector car market prior to the economic recession when prices took a tumble.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2016 2017 
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $19,900 $25,267
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $24,267 $28,800
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $33,500 $35,325
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $52,400 $47,400
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $44,500 $44,333
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $44,625 $51,320
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $31,313 $37,550
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $172,688 $185,750
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $161,000 $137,625
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $66,300 $65,713
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $46,817 $40,981
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $67,578 $61,380
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $281,375 $282,850
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $72,433 $69,655
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $63,300 $77,300
CHEVROLET
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $72,025 $78,856
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $36,725 $37,538
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $76,167 $65,033
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $58,600 $54,350
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $51,407 $49,420
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $80,159 $77,963
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $43,933 $51,600
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $120,450 $76,187
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $93,107 $93,760
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $66,200 $57,333
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $46,308 $50,178
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $32,000 $39,283
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $250,500 $163,667 $144,640
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $64,632 $72,875
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $65,500 $62,467
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,750 $53,633
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $100,000 $113,625
EDSELS
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2 $29,400 $53,950 $43,000
AMERICAN MOTORS
1968 AMC AMX No. 2 $16,800 $33,333 $26,900
NASH
1960 Metropolitan Convertible No. 2 $9,450 $10,000 $13,198
MOPARS
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $55,900 $59,197
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $205,500 $246,000
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400 $49,625 $45,500
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer No. 2 $24,500 $26,600 $57,445
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T No. 2 $22,400 $32,300 $31,767
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $57,290 $62,667
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $112,000 $88,093
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $72,000 $63,919
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $58,581 $68,893
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $36,133 $39,832
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $88,583 $83,775
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $162,417 $146,485
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $242,688 $240,225
1970 Cuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $73,000 $65,590
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $49,450 $43,627
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $77,698 $71,850
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $47,967 $43,300
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $37,100 $34,938
PACKARD
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $275,000  $247,500
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $90,100 $94,950
PONTIAC
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,500 $27,100
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $62,233 $53,667
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $72,400 $55,844
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $33,133 $39,350
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $53,500 $69,397
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $80,000 $97,667
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
$35,800
$47,150
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $136,000 $118,550
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $88,200 $88,200
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $135,000 $113,500
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $105,000 $107,833
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $96,533 $75,375
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $84,500 $80,250
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
$71,904
 $138,600
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $111,000 $117,833
STUDEBAKER
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $51,500 $79,633
1950 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION No. 2 $12,600 $18,500 $18,300
1953 STUDEBAKER REGAL No. 2 $16,100 $23,600 $23,200
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI No. 2 $19,600 $25,850 $33,933
HUDSON
1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX PICKUP No. 2 $17,500 $23,998 $24,850
1951 HUDSON HORNET 2-DR No. 2 $18,200 $28,400 $24,950

Collector Car Prices Rise By 5.1 Percent in 2015

1970 Dodge Challenger RT from Vanguard Motors

Mopars, like this 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T from Vanguard Motor Sales, are leading the collector car market higher once again according to Cars On Line’s 2015 Market Trends Report.

Today’s Collector Car Prices Trending Up

Cars On Line’s final Market Trends Report for the year has been published and they say collector car prices rose 5.1 percent in 2015. If you are a classic car owner you have probably been holding your breath all year waiting for the market to rebound. Most collectors will have to wait for 2016 for that to happen. An increase of just 5.1 percent for 2015 is a pretty flat trend since the margin for error is generally considered to be about 5 percent. However, the report goes on to say that Mopar muscle car values are on a definite upswing having risen 13.7 percent in the last three months. Those Mopars are towing overall collector car values upward.

Cars On Line.com keeps records on the average selling prices on popular classic and muscle cars. They see more cars sold than anybody in the collector car hobby, plus they run the most credible Classic Car Inspection and Appraisal service in support of the collector car hobby. Cars On Line.com is the most accurate source for classic car values in the U.S.

Here are the final statistics on pricing for Cars On Line.com’s sample group of collector cars that trade most frequently in the collector car market. The first column records the average prices on No. 2 condition cars at the end of 2008 at the height of the market prior to the recession. The second column records final average prices for 2014. And the last column shows current average prices.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2014 2015
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $18,000 $19,200
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $23,583 $24,500
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $34,150 $33,400
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $51,913 $59,600
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $48,749 $38,150
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $49,914 $46,350
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $34,790 $33,400
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $166,958 $174,000
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $145,000 $120,250
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $50,525 $61,900
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $40,037 $38,850
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $58,239 $68,700
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $221,000 $242,500
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $70,432 $66,400
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $35,838 $22,700
CHEVROLET
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $75,860 $78,875
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $44,408 $35,250
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $63,466 $63,846
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $53,906 $52,575
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $45,344 $47,450
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $85,511 $74,092
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $44,263 $40,000
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $78,492 $89,282
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $77,935 $88,897
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $51,833 $55,800
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $40,230 $40,550
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $36,400 $37,450
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $154,500 $167,121 $173,033
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $68,750 $60,000
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $65,900 $67,292
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,438 $52,450
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $105,167 $106,627
EDSELS
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2  $29,400  $39,550 $57,733
AMERICAN MOTORS
1968 AMC AMX Go Pack No. 2  $16,800  $24,150 $35,650
1960 Metropolitan Convertible No. 2  $9,450  $16,590 $17,525
MOPARS
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $52,100 $56,000
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $275,000 $213,863
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400  $26,250 $36,000
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer No. 2 $24,500  $28,000 $24,300
1967 Dodge Coronet Hardtop No. 2 $22,400 $30,108 $26,550
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $49,313 $56,900
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $86,260 $85,875
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $68,288 $85,850
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $51,900 $65,300
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $38,542 $45,100
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $76,713 $106,188
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $132,975 $150,813
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $206,500 $314,000
1970 Barracuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $60,875 $42,175
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $39,190 $44,950
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $66,656 $77,056
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $39,700 $35,775
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $30,113 $36,174
PACKARD
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $265,000 $150,000
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $67,900 $78,450
PONTIAC
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,550 $25,500
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $59,906 $62,200
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $51,223 $66,717
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $28,725 $48,711
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $68,730 $73,290
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $105,583 $135,500
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
$49,500
$35,225
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $125,333 $112,000
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $69,225 $76,200
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $112,000 $125,000
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $80,538 $95,900
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $87,650 $71,100
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $73,067 $73,650
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
$85,400
$127,000
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $109,175 $111,000
STUDEBAKER
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $40,767 $46,700
1950 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION No. 2   $12,600 $16,100 $19,063
1953 STUDEBAKER REGAL No. 2 $16,100 $17,500 $28,450
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI No. 2 $19,600  $21,000 $35,194
HUDSUN
1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX PICKUP  No. 2 $17,500 $24,850 $21,000
1951 HUDSON HORNET 2-DR  No. 2 $18,200 $25,200 $28,400

Contrary to what some in the media would have you believe, the collector car market is inextricably attached to the U.S. econonmy. The weakness in the collector car market in the last couple of years is directly related to how the economy has been flatlining. With the U.S. economy stuck at two percent growth, the collector car market is stuck at about the same level.

 

What Is My Collector Car Worth? Cars On Line’s Market Trends Report

1967 Shelby GT500 for sale at Legendary Motorcar Co

In the Cars On Line Market Trends report today they point out that the 1967 Shelby GT500 is among the collector cars that are going up in value today. The GT500 has climbed to the $163,000 range recently.

What Is My Collector Car Worth?

Although most auction houses or classic car dealers don’t want you to know about this, the trendline for collector car prices has been pretty flat in recent years. “So what is my collector car worth?” you may ask. Overall collector car values have risen by three percent this past year so far. While the market is not on fire, there is a steady upward growth pattern overall for the collector car market today.  In the past three months classic Fords from the ’50s and Ford muscle cars are rebounding to levels not seen since the 2008 recession. Mopar muscle cars also remain strong and have the greatest potential to rise in the near future. Watch 1970 and 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cudas and 1970 Dodge Hemi Challengers which are poised to go up in value in the near future.

Cars On Line.com keeps records on the average selling prices at major collector car auctions. Add to that a deep well of information on what cars are actually selling for from trusted value guides and their own internal sales, Cars On Line.com is the most accurate source for classic car values in the U.S.

Here is the information Cars On Line.com has compiled on collector car values over the last three months of actual sales.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2014 2015
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $18,000 $19,200
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $23,583 $27,750
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $34,150 $36,225
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $51,913 $59,600
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $48,749 $48,600
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $49,914 $53,475
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $34,790 $32,160
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $166,958 $166,000
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $145,000 $163,000
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $50,525 $59,700
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $40,037 $46,424
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $58,239 $70,100
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $221,000 $280,000
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $70,432 $67,342
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $35,838 $29,850
CHEVROLET
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $75,860 $75,350
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $44,408 $39,125
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $63,466 $55,938
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $53,906 $51,050
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $45,344 $45,450
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $85,511 $71,977
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $44,263 $39,500
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $78,492 $84,263
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $77,935 $83,142
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $51,833 $64,300
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $40,230 $49,350
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $36,400 $37,500
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $154,500 $167,121 $155,100
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $68,750 $76,750
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $65,900 $65,625
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,438 $48,800
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $105,167 $99,880
EDSELS
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2  $29,400  $39,550 $57,733
AMERICAN MOTORS
1968 AMC AMX Go Pack No. 2  $16,800  $24,150 $32,150
1960 Metropolitan Convertible No. 2  $9,450  $16,590 $17,525
MOPARS
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $52,100 $56,000
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $275,000 $246,000
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400  $26,250 $39,067
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer No. 2 $24,500  $28,000 $24,300
1967 Dodge Coronet Hardtop No. 2 $22,400 $30,108 $26,550
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $49,313 $52,800
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $86,260 $64,750
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $68,288 $74,800
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $51,900 $64,650
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $38,542 $47,850
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $76,713 $90,375
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $132,975 $136,625
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $206,500 $257,000
1970 Barracuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $60,875 $42,175
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $39,190 $44,950
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $66,656 $67,167
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $39,700 $37,150
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $30,113 $33,647
PACKARD
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $265,000 $150,000
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $67,900 $85,950
PONTIAC
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,550 $29,800
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $59,906 $56,630
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $51,223 $61,733
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $28,725 $35,633
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $68,730 $75,274
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $105,583 $117,000
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
$49,500
$39,450
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $125,333 $131,188
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $69,225 $95,600
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $112,000 $125,000
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $80,538 $110,200
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $87,650 $73,550
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $73,067 $57,600
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
$85,400
$119,000
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $109,175 $109,250
STUDEBAKER
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $40,767 $59,617
1950 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION No. 2   $12,600 $16,100 $19,625
1953 STUDEBAKER REGAL No. 2 $16,100 $17,500 $28,450
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI No. 2 $19,600  $21,000 $31,888
HUDSUN
1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX PICKUP  No. 2 $17,500 $24,850 $21,000
1951 HUDSON HORNET 2-DR  No. 2 $18,200 $25,200 $28,400

Contrary to what some in the media would have you believe, the collector car market is inextricably attached to the U.S. econonmy. The weakness in the collector car market in the last couple of years is directly related to how the economy has been flatlining. With the U.S. economy stuck at two percent growth, the collector car market is stuck at about the same level.

 

Collector Car Prices Flatlining Again in Recent Cars On Line Market Trends Report

1969 Camaro Z/28 in the story on Collector Car Prices

This 1969 Camaro Z/28 is currently for sale on the Cars On Line.com website for $55,000. Collector Car prices on ’69 Z/28s have decreased recently.  See chart below for current values.

Cars On Line Report On Collector Car Prices …

Collector Car prices are flatlining again in the most recent Cars On Line Market Trends Report. Cars On Line.com says overall prices on classic and specialty collector cars in the United States are up by about three percent from what they were in 2014. Anything under a five percent increase is considered flat growth in the collector car market which has in the past been more used to 10 percent increases in prices each year. Cars On Line.com keeps statistics on actual sales for a bellwether sample group of the most often traded collector cars. They say prices on collector cars have only risen 12.8 percent since prices cratered between 2008 and 2009.

Even more disturbing to collectors is the prospect that collector car values are on a downward trend for July. Hagerty Insurance keeps track of how collectors feel about prices. They indicate that July prices are losing steam, especially on the high end cars that have been relatively strong. Here is a link to the Collector Car Prices “Sentiment Gauge” by Hagerty.

Collector Car prices getting weak in July is nothing new. It happens every year. We think August through September will be a better gauge of whether collector car prices will gain momentum for 2015. But there is some cause for concern as you read the chart below and see how some cars are losing value faster than others.

Here is a chart that details how our sample group has faired in the second quarter of 2015:

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2014 2015
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $18,000 $25,650
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $23,583 $31,950
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $34,150 $31,800
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $51,913 $60,671
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $48,749 $57,067
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $49,914 $41,500
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $34,790 $30,968
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $166,958 $151,000
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $145,000 $148,667
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $50,525 $55,000
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $40,037 $41,050
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $58,239 $61,578
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $221,000 $245,000
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $70,432 $72,057
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $35,838 $30,350
CHEVROLET
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $75,860 $82,875
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $44,408 $38,692
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $63,466 $60,200
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $53,906 $46,050
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $45,344 $45,700
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $85,511 $80,433
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $44,263 $50,000
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $78,492 $88,650
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $77,935 $86,367
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $51,833 $55,800
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $40,230 $40,233
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $36,400 $34,450
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $154,500 $167,121 $149,642
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $68,750 $53,333
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $65,900 $66,500
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,438 $51,283
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $105,167 $86,401
MOPARS
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $52,100 $53,447
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $275,000 $246,000
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T No. 2 $22,400 $30,108 $37,083
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $49,313 $64,100
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $86,260 $75,867
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $68,288 $75,398
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $51,900 $64,450
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $38,542 $36,700
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $76,713 $79,332
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $132,975 $145,083
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $206,500 $183,333
1970 Cuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $60,875 $68,000
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $39,190 $40,367
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $66,656 $73,500
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $39,700 $34,400
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $30,113 $26,525
PACKARD
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $265,000 $352,000
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $67,900 $81,950
PONTIAC
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,550 $25,500
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $59,906 $58,400
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $51,223 $65,225
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $28,725 $38,800
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $68,730 $87,300
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $105,583 $114,000
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
$49,500
$35,800
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $125,333 $130,285
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $69,225 $53,541
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $112,000 $123,340
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $80,538 $98,633
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $87,650 $74,350
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $73,067 $61,834
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
$85,400
$119,640
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $109,175 $89,845
STUDEBAKER
1957 GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $40,767 $41,250

Contrary to what some in the media would have you believe, the collector car market is inextricably attached to the U.S. econonmy. The weakness in the collector car market in the last couple of years is directly related to how the economy has been flatlining. With the U.S. economy stuck at two percent growth, the collector car market is stuck at about the same level.

What the collector car market has been lacking recently is an infusion of “players.” People need to feel “wealthy” in order to afford expensive toys.

Each quarter Cars On Line.com sticks a thermometer into the collector car hobby to measure its temperature. Those who follow our Market Trends Reports may remember that in July of 2014 prices had dropped to 8.3 percent below 2013 numbers. However they recovered dramatically during August, September and October of 2014.

 

Collector Car Values Are Down Nine Percent

1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible

Hard to find, by very sought after, this 1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible is one of the few where collector car values are going up. It is now worth in the neighborhood of $275,000. See chart below for details.

Collector Car Values Change Course in 2014

After rising in 2013, recent collector car values are down 9 percent in the last three months. Cars On Line.com, the most trusted name in collector car sales, reports that collector car values have flattened out after jumping at the end of 2013.

“A nine percent decline is nothing to get panicked about,” said Larry Kolb, Cars On Line.com’s managing editor. “It just means that for the last three months collector car values remain flat in the same range as they were in 2013. The reason that may seem surprising is that we always hear about the high profile classic cars, such as classic ’50s Ferraris and classic Duesenbergs and Packards, which are selling at what seem to be ever escalating prices at high profile auctions on TV. But the larger collector car market itself is tailing off at this point, not going up but not going down that much either.”

Kolb noted that the endless cold winter weather and flat economy are contributing reasons that the collector car market has not gone up in the last three months. “Don’t be fooled by the first quarter results,” he says. “We believe that by the middle of the summer you’ll be seeing increased demand for high quality collector cars and that will drive prices up as it did in 2013. At this time last year we were in the same boat.”

Below is Cars On Line’s “hot list” of classic cars which change hands frequently in today’s collector car market. We follow these cars to get a sense of what is happening in the larger collector car realm. This sample group is representative of the vast majority of cars changing hands today. Notice that we give you the average prices these cars have sold for for various years, i.e. 2008 before the economic recession; 2013 the most recent full year of sales; and 2014, the first quarter.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2013 2014
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $24,675 $25,790
1955 FORD F100 No. 2 $23,100 $24,500 $21,033
1956 FORD CROWN VICTORIA No. 2 $33,500 $36,233 $40,055
1956 FORD SUNLINER No. 2 $49,800 $69,333 $65,183
1957 FORD RETRACTABLE No. 2 $53,700 $36,500 $41,025
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD No. 2 $55,500 $58,832 $62,179
1965 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $33,800 $27,492 $31,800
1966 SHELBY GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $152,343 $147,286
1967 SHELBY GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $142,675 $136,197
1967 MUSTANG GT FASTBACK(S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $60,250 $52,094
1969 MACH 1 MUSTANG (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $42,738 $36,798
1969 MACH 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $72,317 $64,730
1969 BOSS 429 MUSTANG No. 2 $269,500 $244,738 $247,800
1970 BOSS 302 MUSTANG No. 2 $85,000 $74,440 $78,038
1970 FORD TORINO 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $53,149 $30,450
CHEVROLET
1954 CORVETTE No. 2 $111,600 $73,708 $82,885
1955 BEL AIR HARDTOP No. 2 $32,200 $41,250 $44,527
1955 BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $64,750 $71,070 $63,319
1956 NOMAD No. 2 $77,000 $58,350 $69,350
1957 BEL AIR HARDTOP No. 2 $62,700 $54,550 $44,527
1957 BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $94,500 $85,774 $76,778
1957 CAMEO PICKUP No. 2 $26,250 $61,680 $47,875
1958 CHEVY IMPALA CONVT (348 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $99,000 $89,843 $90,465
1963 CORVETTE SPLIT WINDOW COUPE No. 2 $71,400 $80,194 $74,335
1963 IMPALA SS 409 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $55,100 $59,800 $53,775
1967 CHEVELLE SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $46,919 $37,917
1967 CAMARO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $28,700 $33,238 $36,958
1967 CORVETTE 427/435 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $154,500 $141,196 $138,465
1969 CAMARO Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $77,312 $71,289
1969 CAMARO PACE CAR No. 2 $67,000 $66,625 $77,033
1970 CHEVELLE SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $55,738 $46,483
1970 CHEVELLE LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $108,711 $95,073
MOPARS
1957 CHRYSLER 300 HARDTOP No. 2 $60,900 $70,000 $46,675
1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $170,000 $225,500 $275,000
1967 DODGE CORONET R/T No. 2 $22,400 $25,433 $29,875
1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T No. 2 $73,500 $46,600 $49,744
1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T No. 2 $118,500 $80,873 $70,440
1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A No. 2 $89,600 $62,400 $61,406
1970 DODGE SUPER BEE No. 2 $54,000 $51,013 $47,625
1967 PLYMOUTH GTX No. 2 $51,500 $37,369 $53,163
1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA AAR No. 2 $99,900 $82,510 $68,842
1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $122,762 $124,835
1970 HEMI CUDA No. 2 $261,400 $207,800 $181,500
1970 CUDA 340 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $49,000 $76,133 $76,206
1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER No. 2 $80,300 $46,350 $43,425
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $64,788 $61,650
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $39,300 $49,025
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $26,283 $21,050
PACKARD
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $192,500 *
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $93,663 $77,650
PONTIAC
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $27,748 $22,625
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $59,737 $64,575
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $58,942 $57,800
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $26,900 $25,692
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $73,425 $79,727
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $125,875 $99,675
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000 $50,983
$63,675
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $123,133 $133,400
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $73,100 $71,283
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $94,050 $70,233
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $105,900 $81,528
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $69,700 $69,005
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $79,975 $74,633
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050 $101,625
$83,300
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $105,292 $128,175
STUDEBAKER
1957 GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $57,000 $43,583

Asterisk * means none sold in that auction.