Car for the People

The 1963 Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle) was around $1595.00 According to an online inflation calculator, that equates to about $11,330 in 2010 dollars. That doesn’t sound inexpensive. But then again, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average cost of a new car in 2010 is more than $28,000. So it does sound good by comparison. And when you put the old Beetle alongside the list of more fuel-efficient vehicles (on, the Beetle is still near the top with 31.5 mpg.

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