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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I was responding to the WIKI posting regarding 'scooters' and mentioned the price of cars and Harleys in the sixties. This is only for us old guys!

How many remember 'the good old days'?

1962/63 New Corvette $3300.00
Jaguar XKE was around $5000.00
1964 HD (I wanted to buy) $1800.00 , side car $600.00
1965 Honda Dream 150cc $500.00
1966 Really nicely appointed new car about $3500.00
1965 Minimum wage (for restraunt workers, my job at the time) $0.90/hr
Gasoline $.25 per gallon ($.30 if you went for the good stuff)
Movie ticket $.75-1.25 AND Drive-in Movie theatre were plentiful.

Other trivia:

Cruising Main
Muscle Cars
'Whoop the big licks on your levy's'
'Ya bet yer booties Granny'
Taking your girl to 'watch the submarine races'
The Draft?

GEEEEZE, never thought I'd be the old nastalgic geezer! Whats left... start
sharing list of my Meds vs. you other old geeezers?

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
 
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I love going to the drive-in with the kids. We back the truck in, sit them on the bedcovers, tailgate and ground for stadium seating. We saw "Cars" there, it was the perfect drive-in movie.
 
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Sadly they are disapperaing

I love going to the drive-in with the kids. We back the truck in, sit them on the bedcovers, tailgate and ground for stadium seating. We saw "Cars" there, it was the perfect drive-in movie.
Here in the Denver area there is but one drive-in left. The next to the last one closed at the end of the season this year.

The land was to valuable, so sold for Condo development.

Is good your kids will remember them! Take them often before they are all gone into the mist of time.

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
 
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Here in the Denver area there is but one drive-in left. The next to the last one closed at the end of the season this year.

The land was to valuable, so sold for Condo development.

Is good your kids will remember them! Take them often before they are all gone into the mist of time.

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
They're actually opening/reopening new ones here, it's great. We have at least four within 45 minutes, and two of those have 4+ screens. Here's the time we took the scouts:



 

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Ya know .. now that I think about it, there's a theatre around here (East TX). It's over around Tyler though, about an hour drive away. It's not one for the kids though, maybe you and the ole lady, if y aknow hwat I mean.
 
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Those are ALL your kids?! Good for you guys!

It's a damn shame we let the government control land so much. Drive-ins and county fairs...2 things that are becoming harder and harder to find.:(
Oh no! Those are kids from the Cub Scout Pack. I only have two.

Actually, the Pickup, SUV and the Minivan are fueling the resurgence of the Drive-In. You can back in, raise the hatch, and create your own little den in the back. With the scouts, we had kids on the roof, bed panels, tailgate and ground. 4 level seating. You have to get there at least an hour before dark to get a good spot, and all the kids get together and play football or frisbee, etc. It really is like the 50's again. Now that's Pittsburgh, we're a little behind the times anyway, but it works for us.
 

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In 1963, I could have bought a 1958 Mercedes 300SL gullwing for $3,400. It had a few scatches on it, so instead, I bought a new Pontiac convertible for about the same price. Boy, I cry when I think how much that gullwing would be worth now!

Those were the good old days - when you had to stand on your head under the hood to change the points on your car every 3,000 miles or so. I know I can't work on my ignition system on my new cars, but to me, that's a blessing! I remember standing out in the cold in 1958, about 17 below zero, trying to reset the points on my dad's '53 Ford so I could get home at 1:30 in the morning. Never did get them set, had to call Dad and have him come help me. As far as I'm concerned, good old days, my ---!!
 
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If we're telling stories...

In 1963, I could have bought a 1958 Mercedes 300SL gullwing for $3,400. It had a few scatches on it, so instead, I bought a new Pontiac convertible for about the same price. Boy, I cry when I think how much that gullwing would be worth now!

Those were the good old days - when you had to stand on your head under the hood to change the points on your car every 3,000 miles or so. I know I can't work on my ignition system on my new cars, but to me, that's a blessing! I remember standing out in the cold in 1958, about 17 below zero, trying to reset the points on my dad's '53 Ford so I could get home at 1:30 in the morning. Never did get them set, had to call Dad and have him come help me. As far as I'm concerned, good old days, my ---!!
In 1967 I found a 1933 REO hearse. Classic 'car' in a garage. Side windows you could see the passenger (coffin) area, purple velvet lining & curtains, nickle plated hardware, obvious LOW miles, A straight eight engine. The hood alone was over 9 ft long! Only real damage was dry rot on the velvet fabric throughout the thing.

I talked the guy into trading me straight across for my '65 Honda Dream 150.
My dad nixed the deal!

As you can see I NEVER forgot that REO, and never forgave my dad!

Rdie safe & long,
Colorado Fats
 
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Oh lordy, I probably DON'T then qualify for this thread (???) but the last thing I remember was 1976 looking at the brand new 1977 H-D FXS-1200 Low-Rider at the Harley-Davidson dealer in Santa Maria, CA when it first came out: right around $4,000 MSRP. Right around the same time the new BMW R90/S came out, again $4,000 bucks brand new. The Suzuki dealer in Santa Barabara CA had one. Dang I thought, these were for friggin' RICH people, I'll NEVER have none of this stuff - as I made my $1.00 an hour workin' overtime in many electronics factories at the time. Now years later, of course now we all know better. :rolleyes: Still, it's hard to forget postings of brand new 1974 and later Honda CB750 fours in the Los Angeles Times for right around $1,295.00 :eek: back then. At the present as I'm just looking for a lousy set of replacement Rubber Inserts for the Oem Footpegs on my 2000 Victory V92SC and am being quoted around $60+ with shipping, will I someday look back and say "wow, sure was cheap back then"?! :confused: I doubt it, cause' it sure is TOO rich for my blood now - so how is it gonna' be any better later?! :cool:

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I was responding to the WIKI posting regarding 'scooters' and mentioned the price of cars and Harleys in the sixties. This is only for us old guys!

How many remember 'the good old days'?

1962/63 New Corvette $3300.00
Jaguar XKE was around $5000.00
1964 HD (I wanted to buy) $1800.00 , side car $600.00
1965 Honda Dream 150cc $500.00
1966 Really nicely appointed new car about $3500.00
1965 Minimum wage (for restraunt workers, my job at the time) $0.90/hr
Gasoline $.25 per gallon ($.30 if you went for the good stuff)
Movie ticket $.75-1.25 AND Drive-in Movie theatre were plentiful.

Other trivia:

Cruising Main
Muscle Cars
'Whoop the big licks on your levy's'
'Ya bet yer booties Granny'
Taking your girl to 'watch the submarine races'
The Draft?

GEEEEZE, never thought I'd be the old nastalgic geezer! Whats left... start
sharing list of my Meds vs. you other old geeezers?

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
1975 Honda Goldwing

Oh lordy, I probably DON'T then qualify for this thread (???) but the last thing I remember was 1976 looking at the brand new 1977 H-D FXS-1200 Low-Rider at the Harley-Davidson dealer in Santa Maria, CA when it first came out: right around $4,000 MSRP. Right around the same time the new BMW R90/S came out, again $4,000 bucks brand new. The Suzuki dealer in Santa Barabara CA had one. Dang I thought, these were for friggin' RICH people, I'll NEVER have none of this stuff - as I made my $1.00 an hour workin' overtime in many electronics factories at the time. Now years later, of course now we all know better. :rolleyes: Still, it's hard to forget postings of brand new 1974 and later Honda CB750 fours in the Los Angeles Times for right around $1,295.00 :eek: back then. At the present as I'm just looking for a lousy set of replacement Rubber Inserts for the Oem Footpegs on my 2000 Victory V92SC and am being quoted around $60+ with shipping, will I someday look back and say "wow, sure was cheap back then"?! :confused: I doubt it, cause' it sure is TOO rich for my blood now - so how is it gonna' be any better later?! :cool:

LRG
I remember seeing the new (first year) Goldwing in 1975 priced at $3000.00.
I said to my wife 'Who would ever buy a $3000.00 MC ?'

Funny, in 1998 I bought a '75 Wing for $1800.00. Sometimes things come back to haunt a guy!

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
Evening Colorado Fats,

Oh man, do I HEAR that! :rolleyes: Would you believe I bought my first NEW Gold-Wing in 1977. It was a NEW 1978 with the new (back then) 'Comstar' wheels and 3 analog instruments mounted on the tank. :D I went down to Los Angeles for that one - $3,000.00 Out The Door! :eek: The dealer was a (typical) prick but at least I got a killer deal! Wound up putting 134,000+ miles on that ride, and it was STILL in good shape when I sold it! :)

However, years later I bought a brand new left-over 1981 H-D FXS-80 Low-Rider for $6,549.00 'Out the Door' in 1983 as a result of an accident settlement. Oh man, I thought that was the MOST money I'd ever blow in my life. Was I ever dreaming (aka after when I got married years later!)! I had that scoot some 15 years 鈥 it meant the world to me (best of times / worst of times). But finally fell victim to getting the household bills paid.

10 years after that 鈥 found an almost exact replica (including with the factory two-tone paint still intact!) on Ebay 鈥 just had to have it! By the time the smoke cleared I think I paid around $8,500+ plus for this 25 year old machine (the MSRP about $5,500 in 1981) that was quite frankly in pretty bad shape as received. I never saw a bike that looked SO good in the pix, and was SO rusted in the flesh! I鈥檝e long since done a lot of work myself on that sled 鈥 quite frankly it probably looks nicer now then the one that left!

LRG :cool:


I remember seeing the new (first year) Goldwing in 1975 priced at $3000.00.
I said to my wife 'Who would ever buy a $3000.00 MC ?'

Funny, in 1998 I bought a '75 Wing for $1800.00. Sometimes things come back to haunt a guy!

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
 

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Me, 16 yrs. old, Summer of '66 I worked at the first automatic car wash in this town, and the owner had for sale, an actual "running" not even to beat up, '62 Chevy Belair 2 door hardtop with a "409" under the hood. price ...$200. bucks.
Amout of cash in my pocket,...not even close to that. ..(sniff)
Whats that worth restored today?
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Oh yeah! We had gas pumps, and used to have price wars with the station across the street. I pumped gas for 19 cents a gal. I'm serious. $5 bucks would let you drive to school all week, AND take yer girl out both Fri. and Sat. night. Back then, Do you know ANYBODY that cared a rats azz about gas milage.
 
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Ha - can't compete with that (feel like I'm in the movie 'Jaws' comparing old shark wounds?! :eek: )! I'm thinking about 1972 - after my first (1966 Ford Galaxie 500) old 'Jalopy' :( litterally exploded, was looking for a replacement. Came upon a 1967 Mustang Fastback in running condition! The gas jockey wanted a $1,000 bucks for it - free and clear. :D I just didn't have it... :mad: , someone shoot me now! :( Wound up with yet another $300 sled - 1962 Olds-98 4-dr Sedan. Man, the double front bumper on this thing could of easily punched through brick walls without a scratch! :rolleyes: I was never a big car guy - just bikes. But that's the cage I do miss now and then - could of been an awesome 'Lowrider'?! Heck, it was 1/2 way there already! :cool:

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