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What was the price of regular gasoline when you started driving?

My first vehicle was a used 1950 Chevy that cost me $50 of which I had to borrow from a friend and the gallon of gas was 25¢

Can you guess the year? 1963

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On Long Island

flaco wrote:

What was the price of regular gasoline when you started driving?

My first vehicle was a used 1950 Chevy that cost me $50 of which I had to borrow from a friend and the gallon of gas was 31¢

Can you guess the year?

On Long Island in the great year of 1968 .21 a gallon :)That was during the "gas wars". The normal price was .24

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$.20 a gallon

My first car was a 52 Chev in 1958 and when I got it gas was at $.20 a gallon.

It cost me more today for one gallon then a whole tank back then.

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If I can remember

I'm pretty sure it was about .32 per gallon. Hell, a pocket full of change would last you all week.

My son once asked me what my first car got for mileage, and I did have a clue, then or now! Wild guess 10.

Guess

1964

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Ten to Fifteen Cents

Back in 1956 to 1958 three dollars to three fifty would fill my 48 cad or my 52 ford. grin

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Back when

I started driving in 1957, gas was 17 cents, and when we went to get groceries, $20 would fill up a pickup bed

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Early '50s

If I remember a dollar bought about 5 gallons in Iowa in 1950 or so. The price stayed the same for quite a long time and in Dubuque then as now the dealers all charged the same thing so there was (is) little competition. The next price I remember was 39.9 cents. I don't remember when it went to that tho.

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Dont remember the price

My first car was a 1940 Ford that I bought in 1954 but I don't remember the price of gas at that time.

First car

My first car was a 1950 Olds 2 door hardtop, had a 303 c.i. engine with an automatic, Dark green. Had portawalls on the tire (now I know not everyone will know what those were, fake white walls). Bought it in 1964, I spent all my time either working on that car or driving it, mostly working on it. Gas was cheap, don't remember how much, but I was working making a buck an hour and had plenty of money. Gas .30 cents a gallon, cigarettes .25 cents a pack, beer .25 cents a quart, I didn't say it was good beer. Man those were the days. That was living

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In 1972 when I started driving >>>

flaco wrote:

What was the price of regular gasoline when you started driving?

My first vehicle was a used 1950 Chevy that cost me $50 of which I had to borrow from a friend and the gallon of gas was 25¢

Can you guess the year? 1963

The average was about $0.30/gal in my area. For about a week in July 1972 there was a gas war going on in Trenton, NJ and I paid $0.199...had a Pontiac Catalina with a 26 gallon tank that took me $5.00 to fill. On our days off, my buddies and I would drive down the shore in the morning, come back home for dinner and then drive back down the shore for the night...it was cheaper to pay for gas than to feed ourselves on a budget smile

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First car...

It was a red and white '65 Pontiac Strato Chief, bought in '73 for $65 bucks. It ran very well, as I remember. I wish I still had it!

*Memories*

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$.17 a Gallon

When I was in the Air Force stationed in California, around Travis AFB, we were getting regular gasoline for $.17 and a choice of a free glass or towel. At that time, late 1960s, gas wars were very popular.

Good luck to all.

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1976 first car old yellow

1976 first car old yellow Datsun B210 std trans great little to bomb around in on the back roads.

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The Good OLD Days

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. We can think back to a simpler time when everything was cheaper and better.

But nostalgia tends to be very one-sided. I like the saying "The good old days were old, but they weren't necessarily THAT good" smile

When I got my first car, I worked for minimum wage ($1.25 per hour). I worked all day to fill up the gas tank and take my (future) wife to the drive-in. Now I only have to work HALF a day to fill up the tank and we stay at home and watch movies on TV! Cheaper, much more comfortable and a lot more fun wink

Cruizing

all night Saturday was $1.50 in gas. Money we all chipped in. 57 Chevy, Orchid gray, tucked and rolled black seats, 3 on the floor (converted from the steering column). Left the car un-locked when we went into A&W for a poor boy, or the Wright Spot for a cherry coke, maybe vanilla! Memories, oh so great to go back in our minds to the greatest days!!

Regards,

Norm

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Ok. NOW I'm feeling like a

Ok. NOW I'm feeling like a babe in the woods. grin

$1.33/gallon, 1990.

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first car was a used 66

first car was a used 66 Mustang I bought in 1975. Gas was 40+ cents a gallon. I do remember getting gas for a lawn mower when I was 11 for 29 cents a gallon.

Hmmm?

On Long Island, I remember $0.22 in 1968 at a Pathmark station. Then getting nauseous during the first oil embargo when it went to $0.50.

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Would You Believe...

...the best gas price I recall was $0.069 in the Detroit area in '71 or '72? It was during one of those infamous gas wars. Considerably lower than when I first started filling the tank at around $0.189 and received free water glasses for doing it.

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1950 ford and i think .20

1950 ford and i think .20 but at this age its hard to remember lol

Fuel

Well, when I started driving, gas was about 52¢/gal in the late 70s.

I drive diesels now and several years ago, I remember paying around 85¢/gal in the winter when fuel prices usually rose due to heating oil demand. That was a warm winter and low demand for fuel oil. Now I'm paying $4.39/gal. Still a slight cost/mile advantage over a gasoline car.

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first car

I got my first car in 1955, it was a 1949 Ford. I worked in my Dad's body shop for the summer in exchange for the car.

I'm not sure about the price of gas but I'm guessing it was somewhere between 20 and 25 cents a gallon.

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wow you guys are

grin wow you guys are ooollllllllllllld!
I don't know about gas but cigarettes were less than a dollar/pack

The 1st one I bought was a

The 1st one I bought was a 69 VW beetle. Gas was about .25 cents. I worked at a gas station, parents farm, and a motel. Went to college and did volunteer work. My "new" toy became a dune buggy.
Anyone remember them?

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Gas station giveaways

At 16 I started working in a Mobil station. I'm thinking gas was about 30 cents (72). We would check the oil and wash the windows of EVERY car and check tires if they wanted us to. We gave away collector glasses, mugs, etc. Also would push car washes that WE had to "drive". They'd pull into a bay and the pump jockeys would "drive" this brush machine forward and back, controlling when the brushes went across the front or back. The people would BACK out. (Nowadays, nobody could back out.) I think I made $1.25 an hour, plus a dime on every quart of oil we sold. Then came the embargo and service ended. We pumped until we were dry and went home. My second station pioneered the squeegee for the windshield. So much faster than the little flask of Windex and towels that hung out of every jockey's pocket. (And leaked.)Grease under your nails meant I WORKED. Had to work to pay for intake manifolds, cams, and carbs that would deliver more gas faster to my 67 Gran Sport.

If you want to get very angry

If you want to get angry all you need to do is go to this link
http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm

and you can plug-in the numbers to see how the government has screwed you. Even if you use the official government numbers concerning inflation, and we all know that they are manipulated to keep it low, the 21 cents that I paid per gallon in 1968 should only be $1.35 today.

Your dollar is worth crap because the politicians that run the country are worthless garbage.

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Gas Wars

In the late 60's I owned a 49 olds. Calif. had gas wars where the lines were long but the cheapest I remember were .19 cents a gallon. I can also remember when they said there was a gas shortage and according to your license plate last digit (odd or even number) you could only get gas on certain days.You could get an exemption if you were a doctor or cop. You put a decal in your window. Many fights broke out waiting in lines for hours. Those where the days.

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I would ....

park my car at the pump the night before, and return at 3:00am and study for my exams...what a bitch that was, God Bless America...Good ol' days, you can stuff 'em!!

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less than a dollar

nuvinooby wrote:

grin wow you guys are ooollllllllllllld!
I don't know about gas but cigarettes were less than a dollar/pack

I can remember when I could take EL (Elevated train) and buy a pack of smokes for a total of a dollar. That same deal is over $10 today. Glad I don't smoke anymore.

As for gas I can remember when folks would get a "dollars worth" and go for a day or two on it.
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1962 Chevy Biscayne

Hand me down car. Dad had it, Mom had it, then my Brother had it and finally me. One of those cars that you pull into the gas station and ask check the gas and fill up the oil.......

I remember Mom pulling into the gas station and getting $2.00 - and all but filling up the car.

Drill here drill now and kill the speculators!
And please cut spending please stop the madness.

1950 Plymouth 4 door, flat head 6.

Paid $85 for it in 1963, gas was about .20. Drove it for 2 years and sold it for $75. laugh out loud Next car was a 1953 VW bug; 32 HP; small oval back window; turn signals were flippers on the door post; no gas gauge., just a "reserve tank" lever on the floor board. I wish I still had that one ... would be worth some $$$ now.

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Dune buggy

I converted a VW over to a Baja bug for my oldest boy in 1984 or 1985 smile Dune buggies were very popular back them.

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I remember 10 or 11 cents a gallon

Going to the beach from Hollywood, CA we would scrape together a quarter for gas... When I started driving I think it was about .25 the same price as a pack of cigarettes..... It seems that a pack of cigs still costs about the same as a gal of gas... Glad I quit smoking 36 years ago... grin
Anybody remember when you paid .20 for a pack and got 3 pennies back in the pack?

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Price of Gas When I started Driving

1966 - We had gas wars - one intersection which had a gas station at each corner - they got into the gas wars that were going around at the time. Filled my Mustang up with the change in my pocket. Gas at this intersection got down to 10 cents a gallon.

Can't remember exactly but

Can't remember exactly but about .17 to .20 cents per gallon.

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Tight lines

First car: 1931 Model A

This was in the early fifties. Gas was about .15. Many times put in 25 cents worth and drove around all evening.

First car '57 Chevy Gas was

First car '57 Chevy
Gas was 18 to 20 cents a gallon

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Made 50 cents a hour

At the same time as gas was 20 cents a gal, (1960) I made 50 cents a hour! And as someone said cigarettes were 25 cents a pack. I said I'd quit if they reached 50 cents and they did in 1979 and I did quit.

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I remember Leaded and

I remember Leaded and Unleaded prices as well as the prices for cash and credit posted. Cheapest gas price I remember is 69 cents. When I got my first car, $20 would fill the tank with premium and have money left over for the night.

Dollar a Pack?

geochapman wrote:

At the same time as gas was 20 cents a gal, (1960) I made 50 cents a hour! And as someone said cigarettes were 25 cents a pack. I said I'd quit if they reached 50 cents and they did in 1979 and I did quit.

Up in Saskatchewan in '79 a pack of cigarettes was $2.50 if you got them by the carton. My wife and I agreed to quit then - and we both kept on smoking sad

Anyone who thinks the government wastes money should check out the tobacco habit! I eventually did quit, but taking up smoking is probably my only regret in life.

Quarter a Gallon

Back when (1960s) the attendant pumped and cleaned your windshield, all for 25¢ a gallon. AND you often got a free drinking glass, TV or Green stamps, and/or some other giveaway. Ah, for the good ole days!

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3-2 for me too

I remember about 32 cents a gallon when I first got licensed in the early 1970s. I remember paying very careful attention to what each gas station sold gas for at that time and thinking I was much smarter than my parents when I drove five miles, maybe even ten miles, out of my way to fill up at a station that was two or three cents a gallon cheaper than the one they usually used. I wasn't very smart at all, since I probably spent everything I saved just getting to the other station and back again, never mind the time-is-money idea. But as we all remember: when you're 16, you're an expert about everything compared to "old people."

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I'm thinking....

.25 cents a gallon. I would pull into the gas station and tell the man to put in a dollar's worth. And, I had a chick magnet to boot. grin A 1959 Peugeot station wagon. It looked like an insect that was getting ready to jump. Had that car a few places that a car should not have been taken. But, it ran like a top. Four speed manual on the column as I remember. What a hotrod!!!

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Price of gasoline when you started driving

First car was a 1954 Chevrolet and gas was about $00.20 a gallon. The year was 1961.

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Gas Names

How does Regular or Ethel sound instead of leaded and unleaded. smile

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$.59

$.59/gal Regular gas in my time. It was the golden year...

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1956

flaco wrote:

What was the price of regular gasoline when you started driving?

My first vehicle was a used 1950 Chevy that cost me $50 of which I had to borrow from a friend and the gallon of gas was 25¢

Can you guess the year? 1963

The regular price was $.25 but ever now and then you could get it for $.19. First car was a 1949 Ford!!

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Good Old Days

Regular could be had for 19¢ a gallon when there was a gas war going on. I didn't burn regular though. In those days you had Regular, Ethyl, and Premium. I always burned Ethyl (because I was an idiot and wasn't paying for it myself) so I spent 25¢ a gallon. It cost $2.50 to fill up my '64 Volkswagen. The gas was pumped by an attendant who also checked the tire pressure, the oil level, and washed the windshield.

Of course a minimum wage job paid $1.65 per hour then so the prices are relative.

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Doing the math on gas prices

My wages in 1962 $2hr gasoline 25¢ gallon

Double that $4 hr wages 50¢ gallon
Double that $8 hr wages $1.00 gallon
Double that $16 hr wages $2.00 gallon
Double that $32 hr wages $4.00 gallon

Although our wages have increased tremendously for those in the workforce in 1962 I doubt that many people are earning $32 an hour, specially the newcomers to the workforce who may not be able to afford the $4 a gallon.

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It was a 1953 plymouth

It was a 1953 plymouth cranbrook and gas was about .25 a gallon.

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