Skip to comments.Vintage Car Owners Line Up for Fuel
Posted on 07/11/2014 1:17:40 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
If you own a classic car, the place to be Friday morning was the Mobil Gas Station on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, MI. Where else would you find gasoline priced the same as it was when your vintage auto was brand new?
For instance, the owner of a 31 Cord would pay the lowest price, a measly $0.17 per gallon of regular unleaded, while the owner of an 82 Pontiac Firebird would pay the most $1.31 per gallon, a princely sum back then.
This is the greatest day ever! declares Thomas Semaan, whose 80 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fueled up for a mere $8.60 instead of the $38 he would have paid for the same amount in todays dollars.
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I hope they plan to drive and use up that gas before is ruins the car.
I wish it were closer because my I could fill my 2001 Civic up with less than a $20 bill.
Where is this place? I’m pretty sure I could fill up my ‘91 Miata and get change back from a $20.
$1.31 seems pretty high to me but I sure wish I could get it for the price it cost the year my 72 Montego was built.
What about my Jan, 2009 Ford?
Because any day you get $30.00 is always the greatest day ever.
It is high. Gas in my home area (Idaho) didn't go above $1/gallon until the late 1980s/early 1990s, because I could fill up my car for less than $20 and it held 16 or so gallons. Even in 1998, when I graduated college (at age 29, not, however after 7 years of pre-med), it was hovering around the dollar mark.
I started driving in 1982 or so and it was under a dollar per gallon.
Speedway 79 Power Fuel Commercial (1957) ...
I have a ‘67 Ford Galaxie Convertible.
wish I could buy gas without ethanol. Those were the days.
In the early 1960’s we used to wait to fill up until they had a gas war. Then it would be $.19 a gallon instead of $.25. Both my kids were driving by the mid to late 1970’s. Used to fill their cars and mine up every Monday morning. Never cost more than $20 for all three and often got change back.
Now I’m lucky to get away with a mere $40 for just one car per week.
In other words, two silver dimes could get a gallon of gas then. Well, a little more than two silver dimes will get a gallon of gas today.
I’m sure the price in gold would have a roughly similar result.
My 2000 Ford ZX2 would do pretty well as would my 2003 Cavalier.
“Gas in my home area (Idaho) didn’t go above $1/gallon until the late 1980s”
The US average price topped $1 in 1980.
>>>$1.31 seems pretty high to me but I sure wish I could get it for the price it cost the year my 72 Montego was built.<<<
I’ll take a wild guess and say that the Dealer had to add the current Per Gallon Federal and State Tax to the discounted Price.
Example, .18 cents Federal plus .18 cents State (just guessing) plus any other Local / State Sales Tax plus the OLD Price Per Gallon = $1.31.
That may have been, but I know I didn't pay more than a dollar for it while I was in school. Graduated in 1987.
Wish I had had a crystal ball back then and I might have kept more change from the “olden days”. My grandpa sent me two dimes every week in the mail - probably around the mid 1940’s - rolled up in a piece of paper inside the Sunday cartoons. A neighbor girlfriend who lived two miles away and I would walk up to our nearest store, couple of miles the other direction and get two real Cokes in green glass bottles and two candy bars.
Spent my entire $.20 but was the highlight of our lives back then. We were only six or seven but it was totally safe for us to walk everywhere by ourselves. Only worry we ever had was that the Jackard’s family bull would get out of their fenced pasture and chase us. Great memories which I really think I’d rather have than the dimes.
in Santa Ana in 1965 it was 26 cents/gallon at the local
el cheapo station.
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