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What were used car prices in 1970?

I'm doing some research and I'm having difficulty finding information concerning the used muscle car market in 1970.
Let's say Joe Jackson was looking through the classifieds in 1970. He sees a non tri power, hardtop, 1965 GTO with 60,000 miles. What would the price be about?

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I'm guessing about $2000 and that may be a bit high. I bought a 68 Cougar, one level below the XR7 with 15XXX miles on it for $1800 that year. Remember, the Goat could have been bought new for no more than $3500 in late 64 or 65.

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Probably a grand, more than likely would be pretty used up. I could have bought a hi horse (LS6?) 70 Chevelle in 75 for $600, smoked a little but still had crazy H.P. Trees is probably pretty close with a decent car price, maybe a little high. Most of the muscle cars were good for about 40,000 miles or so of "hard driving" and would need to be freshened up. A lot of those miles were a quarter mile at a time on the weekends.
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Bought an 70 SS396 Chevelle in 72 for $2800
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Bought a '65 corvette conv. Base motor, power everything in Dec. Of 1971 for $1250.00
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used car prices 1970

This is a little before that, but I bought a new 68 Charger R/T for $3875.00
Had a 1963 Chebby S/S 409/425H.P. I sold just before buying the R/T, for $1725.00 And that car had never been on the strip or driven in the winter. Either car I could shoot myself, when I see what they get for them now.

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This is a little before that, but I bought a new 68 Charger R/T for $3875.00
Had a 1963 Chebby S/S 409/425H.P. I sold just before buying the R/T, for $1725.00 And that car had never been on the strip or driven in the winter. Either car I could shoot myself, when I see what they get for them now.
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You mean you had a beachin' Mopar and a beachin' Bowtie and you switched to FOMOCO? I've been told that if you run a high fever, it can cause that kind of mental lapse !
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I don't know if this will help, but....

In about '69-'70, I tried to buy a new 390 Hurst SCrambler, and later a new 390 Javelin SST. The dealers wanted about $2995 for either. My trade-in would have been a beautiful red/red '62 2X4 409 Biscayne. (Early muscle car) :-)

Both dealers offered me $150 dollars in trade. I spent more than that on my redline tires!!! Obviously I walked away and kept the Biscayne! At the time, a '62 Impala 2-door, without the 409, was about $800 used.

I looked at a new '69 Nova for $2900+... but Dad would not co-sign.

I'm jusy guessing, but this would seem to indicate that the muscle cars were in the $3000-$4500 range new.... and a used, low end muscle car about $1200-1500 and up.
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You mean you had a beachin' Mopar and a beachin' Bowtie and you switched to FOMOCO? I've been told that if you run a high fever, it can cause that kind of mental lapse !
I have run 1 Chebby since a 53 p/u. ran Mopars until 87, when I got the T-BirdTurbo Coupe, only 5500 made I still have mine. I did run Ford P/Us though.

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Bought in '71, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird OHC 6, 4-speed, 4 barrel, 32K miles for $1600.00.
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About the same time frame -----

In 1968 I purchased new, a '68 Torino 390 GT fastback. It listed for exactly $3600.01. I paid $2885 for the car. I drove the wheels off of it going to college 25 miles each way as well as 10 miles each way to work and sold it for $450 with 125,000+ miles on it in 1976 in a fairly rough body condition - remember, rust belt cars didn't survive long
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I bought a new 1966 Ford,390 3 speed for $3,200. Traded it in on a new 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340, 4 speed that listed for $2,800 and had to pay $1,500 boot.
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I know a re-visit to these prices might have some of you shedding a tear, so I won't mention the price of gas when I was in college in 1971. (hint, more than $0.23 9/10 but less than $0.25 9/10 at the discount stations).
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I know a re-visit to these prices might have some of you shedding a tear, so I won't mention the price of gas when I was in college in 1971. (hint, more than $0.23 9/10 but less than $0.25 9/10 at the discount stations).
When I was in high school we had a gas war in town $0.11 9/10 a gallon .

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In 1973 I wanted to buy a 69 SS396 4-speed Chevelle that a guy I knew owned, he wanted $1500 for it. Mom wouldn't let me buy it since it was a Chevy. Then I wanted to buy a really nice 1970 Torino Cobra, it had a 429, 4-speed, bucket seats, Grabber Blue and it was a super nice car listed for $1650. My parents nixed that, too fast. Next I set my sites on a 1970 Chevelle convertible, 307 automatic. Not fast, no stripes and they wanted $1500. Mom vetoed that since some old fart she knew had a convertible, rolled it and died. I ended up with a pink and white 1955 Ford 4-door that Mom's school teacher friend wanted to sell for $100. It did have 59000 miles on it and I put 2000 miles on it before I parked the 55 in the shed and bought a 1968 fastback Galaxie for $900 in 1974. I bought a new Ford Maverick in 1975 for $3400. They didn't want to give me much for the 68, That $150 figure sounds familiar so I kept it. I still have all three and I know where that 70 Cobra Torino is sitting but I cannot get the owner to part with it.
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