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Discussion in 'The BS Topic' started by jimrr, Jan 16, 2019.
gotta love it...
So realistically...what was it like when those cars were new? I know there are fancy inflation calculators out there, but when you bought a new camaro back then and did stuff like above, is it like today? Buying a new top of the line performance version of the Camaro today is a lot of money.
Wages were a lot lower then. When I quit driving a truck and went into the factory, my pay jumped from $2.65 an hour to $4.00. This was early in 1976. $4 was decent wages then. Figure buying a 1976 or '77 Camaro new on $4 an hour.
I got out of school in 1967 and got my first job paying around $3 an hour. With that income I bought a new Chevelle off the lot for under $3000. A basic Camaro was around the same price.
So, today a new Camaro starts around $30,000 so a kid out of school would need to get a job starting around $30 an hour to be equal to the late 60s in spendable income for a car like that.
It was probably was easier back then for me, living with my parents. No crushing taxes, insurances, mortgage etc. Just a car note. Just think what one could afford now days without bills. And we were only a couple miles away from Yenko.
That was the deal back then. And guys getting out of the Army with money in the bank, pay cash and go party. Times were sure different. Today you mostly see 50+ year olds driving the hot Camaros, just putting around.
Yeah, that and in these parts the steel mills were pumpin'. Young kids making big money, and driving just about anything they wanted.
Things were just different back then. Today, young guys out of high school driver ricers. Back then, they drove muscle cars. When I went to electronics school in 1966-67, the cars in the parking lot of the apartment building where I lived with other students was filled with brand new muscle cars.
One had a '67 SS350 Camaro. Another had a '67 Chevelle SS396. Also there was a new GT390 Mercury Cyclone, a 383 Plymouth Satellite, a '66 GTO, and a few more I can't remember. Every one of those cars had a 4 speed on the floor. In those days, only sissies drove automatics.
Remember, these guys were all going to school and working a part time job to buy that 19 cents a gallon gas for their big block cars.
I bought my '69 Z/28RS for $1550 back in May of 1973 while married and having house payments of a whopping $134.00! My wife, who was not employed, had a '65 Dart GT convt.
In 1968, while in high school, I bought a '65 Fairlane Sport Hdtp for $1,000. Few kids these days with a late model car while still in high school, unless Mommy & Daddy are loaded or they work a lot of hours.
Pontiac guys weren't driving big block cars. Big cube cars, yes. No such thing as a big block Pontiac...