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Reading the old Hot Rod classifieds

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by CG, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Just got a batch of old Hot Rod mags from a fellow HAMBer. Love the way these old mags smell..mmmm. Anyway I thought this was a pretty cool ad...Jan 59, I woulda jumped on this one except I was still 9 months from being born.

    The Dick Flint of my all time favs. Wonder what that would be in todays dollars...I'm guessing still a great deal.

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  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,997


    yeah, fun to read! but who had 2500 in 1959? not many people
  3. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Yes, those old ads are a real grin to read. Note they even have addresses for the sellers. If you did that today you'd have a home invasion before the issues hit the newstand floor off the truck.
  4. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 954

    from So. Cal.

    Wow! I wasn't around for a few more years in '59, but what was the buying power of $2,500.00 then, maybe 20 times what it is now? The very well done, Flint roadster ,was on E-bay a few years ago, and was bid to $35,100.00, without meeting the reserve. Just a little perspective...
    View attachment CA LA 35100.00 reserve not met.bmp

  5. I did a search on average yearly incomes and it turns out in 59 it was only around 3000 bucks. I doubt the thought of paying that much money for a toy back then crossed many peoples minds.

    Im not sure what todays average is, but I think there are lots of people that do buy cars or trucks that would take up a years salary pretty easily. The power of credit has really changed society.

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