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    I was looking in my home library at some of my old books and came across 'Renault in Australia'. Having a brouse again I see the old prices of the models as they were up to 1993 when it was published. Jeese a lot of money back then, looking back from now

    A selection introduction prices !
    Juvaquatre 1947 $1358
    750 1950 $1436
    Fregate 1952 $3272
    R4 1962 $1598
    R8 1963 $1898
    R8G 1965 $2845
    R10 1966 $1996
    R12 1970 $2398
    R20 1980 $15295 Bloody big jump here
    R25 1985 $35450
    R25 1990 $64995 WOW ?
    R19 1991 $25990

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    There are more of course but looking at those prices and at today's prices it make you think, doesn't it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaahn View Post
    Hi
    I was looking in my home library at some of my old books and came across 'Renault in Australia'. Having a brouse again I see the old prices of the models as they were up to 1993 when it was published. Jeese a lot of money back then, looking back from now

    A selection introduction prices !
    Juvaquatre 1947 $1358
    750 1950 $1436
    Fregate 1952 $3272
    R4 1962 $1598
    R8 1963 $1898
    R8G 1965 $2845
    R10 1966 $1996
    R12 1970 $2398
    R20 1980 $15295 Bloody big jump here
    R25 1985 $35450
    R25 1990 $64995 WOW ?
    R19 1991 $25990

    There are more of course but looking at those prices and at today's prices it make you think, doesn't it
    Cheers jaahn
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    And realize how new car costs , in the real world, have reduced.

    And how maintenance intervals have increased.
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    And you can use these to see what they were in today's money.

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    Therefore a Renault 12 would be $26,752 today?

    Yeah, cars are cheaper today, but not by much
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    My recollection is that in the early '70s a 504 was about $3,300 while a mid range Holden was about $3,000.
    I think when the 505 was released the diesels were in the $5,000 to $6,000 range.

    Will have to drag out my old Melbourne Motor Show catalogues.

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    Generations of Renault distributors in Australia have (to their detriment) tried to sell Renaults upmarket, rather than to the masses.

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    Hmm, the numbers below are a sample of domestic costs in 1952. Probably American because um, we didn't have dollars back then kiddies. It's interesting to note that a Renault Fregate cost almost a whole years salary, no wonder they're so rare.

    Prices in 1952



    <img src="http://fiftiesweb.com/pop/50s-cost.gif" alt="Prices for 1950" width="67" height="66" border="0"/> Prices for 1952
    House: $16,800
    Average income: $3,515
    Ford car: $1526-$2384
    Milk: $.96
    Gas: $.20
    Bread $.16
    Postage stamp: $.03
    Hen Turkeys: $ .53 lb
    Pkg of 6 Bran muffins $.21
    1 lb pkg of M&M’s candies: $.59
    Gillette Blue Blades, pkg of 10: $ .49
    At Sears – – –
    Ladies Corduroy Jackets: $4.99
    Cotton knit blouses: $1.98
    Men’s Rayon Sport Shirts: $3.66
    Men’s cotton flannel shirt: $1.79
    Red “Radio Flyer” wagon: $8.75
    Westinghouse Open-Handle steam iron: $19.95
    Men’s T-shirts and briefs – – –
    T-shirts, 2 for $.59
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    My new R10 in 1967 cost $1998 plus on-roads. I paid it off at $86.00/month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    My new R10 in 1967 cost $1998 plus on-roads. I paid it off at $86.00/month.
    Hi Kim
    Question is what were you earning then ? When I finished my time in early 1968 ? I went on to $50 a week I think(25 quid) as full trade wage !
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    Quote Originally Posted by WLB View Post
    My recollection is that in the early '70s a 504 was about $3,300 while a mid range Holden was about $3,000.
    I think when the 505 was released the diesels were in the $5,000 to $6,000 range.

    Will have to drag out my old Melbourne Motor Show catalogues.
    Petrol 504s were around $12,000 by 1979 and the diesels were over $13,000. The 1970s and early 80s were a shocking period for inflation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaahn View Post
    ... When I finished my time in early 1968 ? ...
    I had no idea, Jaahn. How long were you in for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaahn View Post
    Hi Kim
    Question is what were you earning then ? When I finished my time in early 1968 ? I went on to $50 a week I think(25 quid) as full trade wage !
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    $86.00/wk as a fitter. Remember $ came in on the 14/02/1966......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    ... Remember $ came in on the 14/02/1966......
    And is Dollar Bill's jingle still stuck in your head too?
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    $11,000 to build my parents 3 bedroom brick veneer home in Sydney hinterland (Camden) in 1971.

    In 1985 it was valued at $130,000, but the cost everything else had also gone up about 10 fold.
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    Kim, I don't suppose you happened to watch Tom Gleeson's Hard Quiz tonight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLB View Post
    Kim, I don't suppose you happened to watch Tom Gleeson's Hard Quiz tonight?
    Sorry mate, no!
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    Catch it on iView before someone jumps in with a spoiler. You can fast-forward through to the relevant segment if you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaahn View Post
    Hi Kim
    Question is what were you earning then ? When I finished my time in early 1968 ? I went on to $50 a week I think(25 quid) as full trade wage !
    Jaahn

    And 8 years earlier I completed my trade after 5 years and went up to 20 quid, first year was 4 quid a week, so big jump there, I don't think. I can still remember getting a general award increase to 25 quid in 1968. No wonder mechanics drove bits of shit in those days.
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