I know where you are coming from, I'm an auto mechanic. But,.... In 1966
your average Joe didn't pay $5000 for an ordinary sedan. In 1967 you could
have purchased a Lotus Europa sports car, that would do over 110 mph for
about $4000. I have a 1967 magazine in front of me, that advertises this.
This would be a car that would have been out-of-reach, for a middle class
worker in '67.
I have been living since 1966, and in 1975 my sister purchased a Buick
Skyhawk V-6 for $4100. That's 9 years after 1966. At the time, it was a new
model, and cost more because of this.
Most average people can't repair today's problems in vehihicles. In 1966
it was easy,... points, plugs, filters. A person could tinker. With today's
vehicles, it's almost always a trip to the shop.
The more electronics and technology added to a vehicle, the higher the
price, and this price (cost of the vehicle, and service), has exponentially
exceeded the "cost of living" increases, that a middle class worker earns
Much of it is due to EPA regulations, and fuel shortage. You wouldn't
see fuel injection, catalytic converters, etc.. on standard vehicles today,
if we were not worried about pollution, and fuel economy. Fuel injection
would most likely have been put on sports cars and such. There also would
have been no need for an powertrain computer, if you could still used a
Once again, I'm a mechanic. I don't like to hear the complaints, but I
do believe that they are justified, in some ways. Vehicles today will
start-up at 10 deg below zero. They also handle better, and get better fuel
economy. But the more electronics,wiring & connectors, power equipment, you
add to a vehicle, the more chance of a failure. Constant temperature changes
and vibration, are something that auto engineers have to deal with, along
with the bean counters that want to reduce the price, at the same time.
It's not so surprising.