FOR lots of of us, acquiring a new automobile is a large deal.
Splashing out countless numbers of lbs on your new satisfaction and joy is a thing not anyone receives to appreciate.
How substantially did you pay out for your first automobile? Was it brand new? When did you invest in your very first, brand name-new auto and get that new-vehicle smell in your nostrils?
We experienced a browse of the archives to come across some typical adverts for typical vehicles as a result of the decades – see if yours is in this large amount…
The swinging 70s were just obtaining likely, and what greater way to travel into the new ten years than in the new Hillman Avenger?
This advert, from the County Gazette in 1970, information some important capabilities, these kinds of as leading speeds of up to 90mph.
It was accessible from a bargain £766 (which integrated seat belts).
A equivalent vehicle now, on eBay, would set you back about £3,000.
Leaping forward 20 a long time, to summer time 1993, and we find a modern day motoring traditional – the Peugeot 205.
This unique design, marketed in the County Gazette, was the specific edition, which boasted a 1.1i petrol (or 1.8 diesel) engine, a pop-up sunroof and stereo radio/cassette for the elegant town driver.
It was available from £6,995 on the street.
A 205 from 1993 would now set you back again everywhere involving £2,500 and £3,000.
Remaining in the nineties – just – Citroen made the decision to get a bit classical in 1990, when a feature in the County Gazette specific the maker’s new special version BX – the Athena.
Offered in platinum or cobalt blue, this model showcased a ‘GTi-type spoiler’ (to enable this monster flip, a person presumes), a 94 BHP 1580CC engine, as effectively as state-of-the-artwork electric sunroof and electric wing mirrors.
All this was readily available for just £10,700 – which did at minimum contain tax and VAT.
You can choose up a first rate instance of an early 90s BX on eBay for around £1,500.
A excursion back as a result of the yrs now to an at any time-popular traditional – the MINI.
It was ‘MINI MONTH’ at Marshalsea Bros Ltd in Taunton when this advertisement appeared in the County Gazette in March 1969.
The ‘500 miles of cost-free motoring’ giveaway noticed every single particular person who bought a Mini that month get 500 miles’ truly worth of gasoline – which was most likely a one tank in a Mini then…
Charges ended up not thorough on the ad but if you have kept yours, it was in all probability a excellent expenditure, as choosing up a ’69 Mini now would established you back any place between £7,000 and £10,000.
A 6-calendar year corrosion guarantee was one particular of the major selling factors of this stunner – highlighted in the Bridgwater Mercury in 1980.
The Lancia Beta Saloon promised convenience and fashion for all the loved ones – as nicely as £200 to expend on extras as element of this provide, which could see you improve your Beta with a sunroof, stereo radio/cassette, or possibly even some ‘alloy street wheels’.
There usually are not many of these all over these times, but that £200 on extras could have stood you in good stead, due to the fact a Beta in good ailment can go for all over £4,000.
Allow us know in the remarks under what your first new car or truck was – and when you purchased it – and we will try out to dig out any advertisements from the archive…