German Collectibles

Index of post-war German collectible cars

As with many of the other indices covered in the Hagerty Price Guide, the German Car Index posted no meaningful movement this quarter. The index had been on the rise for five consecutive publications, reaching all-time highs in 2022. Many of this index’s component cars represent the upper echelons of the German collector market which, like other high-end vehicles, experienced little to no movement this publication.

Not reflected here is the continued movement of lower-priced German classics and youngtimer cars. While 300SL Gullwings tracked steady, R129 SL320s gained by 17 percent. The 2002tii may have not moved, but BMW Bavarias shot up by 27 percent, and Isettas by 13 percent. As a segment, German collector cars have remained steady, with most posting no movement at all. With such sharp rises in collector car values since late 2020, it is probably best to keep in perspective that sharp gains often turn into fast drops. The fact that it has not occurred here is promising for the staying power of the collector car market for the immediate future.

-Greg Ingold, January 2023

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.

This index includes