24 10 2017

Hagerty Price Guide Update Q3 2017

The updated UK Hagerty Price Guide has just been published, and the figures make for interesting reading. We’ve now expanded the Guide to track 1,931 classic models, from the most affordable (Austin Allegro 1.0 2-door saloon) all the way up to the most valuable (Ferrari 250 GTO).

You may have read recent news reports announcing that classic values have “crashed” down by 10% in the last year, but although this makes great headlines it isn’t the conclusion we’ve reached from our own analysis.

It’s true that in the last 12 months some prices have been more volatile than in the preceding few years, but as we explained in this article, we believe that this is more the market finding its correct level than a ‘crash’ of any sort.

In fact, our Classic Index that tracks fifty classics that we feel are most indicative of the UK enthusiast and investor market, has risen by 2.16% in the quarter, and 5.3% over the last 12 months. It is true that some did fall: in the 12 months to October 2017, a total of 11 cars dropped in value, but 14 were effectively unchanged (under 2%) and the rest rose.

It is interesting to look at those cars that fell, and those that rose most in the 12-month period. The Jaguar Mk II 3.8 Saloon dropped 13.1%, a trend that is in keeping with other Jaguars that had risen very strongly in recent years. The DeLorean DMC-12 dropped by 7.3%, and the Ferrari Testarossa by 6.49%, in common with many other 1980s Ferraris.

Notable risers were the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider, up 29.3%, the Datsun 240Z, up 23.2% and the VW Golf GTI Mk I which increased by 21%. These cars are enthusiast models, instantly recognisable, with good support networks and each still offers good value compared with some other period alternatives.

So, what is the outlook for the UK classic car market? Hagerty’s data suggests that the market is stabilising, with overpriced models dropping and those that offer good value rising. This offers what financial commentators would call a ‘soft landing’; much less catchy as a headline than a ‘crash’, but much better news for those interested in the classic car hobby.

The Hagerty Price Guide is free to use online at https://www.hagertyinsurance.co.uk/ and there are useful model histories here: https://www.hagertyinsurance.co.uk/price-guide.

Check your model today to see if the value has changed.

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5 reader comments

  • 1
    Alan. E. N. Herts October 25, 2017 at 2:33pm
    1932 Alvis SP20 SA tourer. My impression is that this model is losing value relative to last year. However actual prices realised are hard to come by relative to prices asked.
  • 2
    brian street north west October 25, 2017 at 2:58pm
    I'm not bothered about prices,I'm more concerned that the cars on the market are not just old cars of a present day maker ie Ford/Vauxhall, but more of the cars of yesteryears makers ie Rover/austin/morris..
  • 3
    peter hughes cheshire October 26, 2017 at 3:14am
    Why every 996 model except the Turbo????
  • 4
    Guy HANTEN Luxembourg October 26, 2017 at 2:00pm
    I regularly need a quote for classic cars's values as several friends / and customers of mine need to know what the one or other of their classics are worth
  • 5
    Graham Swift Nuneaton November 06, 2017 at 2:54pm
    Could you please let me know what the values of the jaguar mk4 1.5 litre is please as it is not on valuation tool Thanks Graham