There’s nothing like a bit of historical data to put 2016 new-car prices in context. For a healthy dose of perspective, scroll down to the 1973-model-year Mercedes-Benz prices below and just sort of let them sink in.
Five 1973 Mercedes-Benz cars had starting prices above $10,000. That same year, a Chevrolet Bel Air started at $3247, while a Corvette coupe listed for $5635.
Consumer Guide didn’t pay much attention to imports in the early Seventies, so this comprehensive list of foreign-car prices found in the Consumer Guide ’73 Auto Test magazine is a rare treat.
We suggest taking a few moments to savor the values–and truly perverse peculiarities–found in these prices.
A few observations:
- An AM radio for the Dodge Colt cost more than half as much as an automatic transmission
- Most 1973 Volvos cost more than a same-year Corvette
- The most expensive 1973 Audi came to about half the price of Mercedes’s cheapest same-year offering
As always, we ask you to share any experiences you may have had with one of these imported rides.