Classic Car Market Stats: July 2020

After a very rough Q1, the market came roaring back in July 2020!  We saw total sales* of $120.2m, 146% higher than July 2019, with the average transaction increasing 40% to $39,715 from $28,289. Even compared to the previous month, the market was up 177%!

So what exactly happened? We see multiple variables at play: 

  • several months of repressed demand and supply, 
  • government stimulus trickling through the economy, and 
  • offline auctions getting very serious about doing business online. 

The big question on everyone’s mind is whether it’s sustainable – or just a blip on the radar? What do you think? Comment below. 

Note: Stats quoted in this post are as of July 31, 2020 @ 7pm eastern.


Top Sales

Mecum was the auction house to watch, capturing every one of the top 10 sales for the month. Leading the rankings was this 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype for $3,850,000. It’s worth noting that four other Carroll Shelby cars made the top 10 as well. Mr. Shelby would be proud!

View Top 10 Sales >

Top Flips and Flops

Maybe it’s the summer or that the new Bronco was announced. Whatever the case, 1st Gen Ford Broncos are hot! Another notable result: this 1965 Ford Mustang flipped for a $19,800 profit in 3 months and 26 days. Not bad!

View Top 10 Flips and Flops

Welcome, Cars & Bids! 

A new online auction website called Cars & Bids has come out of the gate strong. Powered by Mr. Doug DeMuro of YouTube stardom, they are specializing in 1980’s or newer cars while offering competitive seller fees. We already found multiple worthy gems in their daily listings, including this 1988 BMW M5 just begging to be driven. 


Chart of the month: Submarkets

Have you been digging into our new charts? One of our favorites is the Submarkets chart for a Make or Model – where you can quickly see the major variants and the size of the market for each in the last 5 years (and click on the model name and dig even further). Check out the Porsche 993 submarkets chart for example:


Markets of the Month: Summer Rides

Want to track sales of your favorite make/model? You can follow your favorite markets and we’ll keep you up to date with alerts on new listings and sale prices. If you’ve got your eye on a new summer ride, here are some of our favorites:

Search all markets here

If there’s a market you’d like us to add, please let us know in the comments… we are adding markets every day!


* These reports include sales reported in US Dollars only. Sales reported in other currencies are not taken into account… yet.


2 thoughts on “Classic Car Market Stats: July 2020

  1. That’s insane! It’s incredible how the market snapped back. August will be interesting to watch without Monterrey.

  2. I wonder how much of this is due to people HAVING to sell their classic due to their current financial situation in light of COVID. Several of my clients exclaim that they haven’t had it this rough in nearly 50 years, etc. I can imagine many people selling their beloved rides to hopefully make it thru the tough but hopefully temporary climate.

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