Antique Car Blue Book

Kate Miller-Wilson
antique car

If you're planning to buy or sell an antique automobile, it's essential that you know how much the vehicle is worth. Antique car blue book values can help you determine what to ask or offer for a car. In addition to the famed Kelly Blue Book, there are several other price guides and websites that can help you get an idea of your car's value.

Kelly Blue Book for Antique Cars

Over the years, the term "blue book" has come to be synonymous with the term "price guide." Since 1926, car buyers and sellers have used the Kelly Blue Book (KBB) to determine the values and pricing of new and used cars. Originally a trade publication, the first consumer editions of this popular used car price guide were published in 1993.

In addition to the hard copy blue books published by Kelly, the company has been on the Internet since 1995. Kelly now publishes an entire line of Kelly Blue Books covering vehicles of all types, ranging from snowmobiles to mobile homes.

The Kelly Blue Book that antique car collectors use is called the Kelly Blue Book: Early Model Guide 1946 to 1986. Unlike the blue book values for newer models, the values of cars listed in this book are not given online. The Early Model Guide is published twice a year, in January and July. You can order a subscription by calling 800 - BLUE-BOOK. The subscription price is $60 per year.

Other Price Guides for Antique Cars

The Kelly Blue Book: Early Model Guide is not the only price guide for antique, classic, or vintage cars. You can also use several other popular price guides and websites to determine values of antique and collectible cars.

NADA Guides

On the Internet since 2000, NADA price guides are popular resources for anyone who is interested in car values and information. These appraisal guides have been a respected source of data and valuation information for decades.There are separate NADA price guides for several groups of classic and antique cars, including the following:

  • Collectible
  • Special interest
  • Muscle
  • Sports
  • Exotic
  • Luxury
  • Passenger
  • Trucks, vans and SUVs


Hagerty's Cars That Matteroffers valuation tools for those interested in collectible cars of the post-war years. This guide is available by subscription, and there are several different ordering options:

  • Three-issue subscription
  • Single book
  • Mobile trial
  • Mobile bundle
  • Green option

Kruse International

Kruse International is the largest collector car auction company in the world. Their auction results are posted online and are an important tool in antique and collectible car valuation.

For each year, beginning in 1996, Kruse lists the results of every auction that took place during that year. For example, in 2008, there were 27 Kruse collectible car auctions held throughout the United States. Each vehicle in the auction is listed with the final auction price. Examining auction prices for vehicles similar to yours will help you get a sense of the value of your antique car. is a one-stop resource for auction results and values. Rather than checking out your antique car's value at several different sites, you can look it up on this website to get the whole perspective.

Although doesn't offer official vehicle values, it does provide a lot of helpful information for determining what your car is worth. The classified section of the website, which is free to access, offers a snapshot of classic and antique cars currently on the market. You can search for cars similar to yours to get a general idea about your car's value.


Billing itself as "the world's largest collector car marketplace," Hemmings offers a wealth of data about vintage and antique automobiles. In addition to classified ads and current dealer listings, you can check out your car's value by searching the Hemming Price Guide.

Using Antique Car Values from KBB and Other Sources

Whether your interest is in a vintage Model A Ford, a 1969 Chevy Camaro muscle car, or a classic 1959 Edsel, knowing where to find antique car blue book values provides every car enthusiast with important information. If you're buying a classic automobile, knowing its value will help you understand what offer during negotiations. If you're selling your antique car, you'll know how much to ask. Either way, you'll have a clear idea of your vehicle's value on the antique car market.

Antique Car Blue Book