Prices in 1970

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Prices in 1970

Postby Pero » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:40 pm

Hi, new on forum here. Can someone help me?

I need price for new Commando in year 1970/71. Do anyone knew prices for other similar bikes of that time?

Any help would be appreciated.

Gretings from Slovenia

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby eezeetoo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:09 pm

I paid $1235 Australian dollars for my 1970 Commando roadster new in late 1970,
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby CanukNortonNut » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:15 pm

Remember you are dealing with inflation. Big time. Compare the price of gold per ounce in 1970 to what it is worth today. It is a shame to see how our dollar has been de-valued. :x
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby Pero » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:26 pm

Thanks for quick info eezeetoo.

CanukNortonNut: I know prices for some goods in 1970, like cars, food, etc... i just need info how much was worth then. I know that 1 dollar does not have same buying power now as it was 40+ years ago.

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby dmm144j » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:03 pm

I bought a new 1970 Fastback in 1971 at Elite Motors in London for $1030 USD (did not have to pay the VAT as long a I took it out of the Country). A 1971 would have been $70 more. I sold it 3 months later w/9500 miles on it in Amsterdam for $970. Those were the days!

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby hudson29 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:05 pm

I bought a Roadster in yellow in June of 1971 from Town & Country Cycle in Fullerton, CA. It was sold as a 1971 1/2 model. We now know that it was actually a left over 1970 model but I didn't know it at the time and wouldn't have cared if I had known. I liked the lack of turn signals and the steel controls better than the new Lucas controls on the latest model. I paid $1400.00 US dollars. As I recall, this was more than the new Triumphs were selling for but I really HATED the new oil in frame models and thought the Norton was more motorcycle.

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby pierodn » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:42 am

Hi Pero,
In 1971 in Italy they sold a Commando for Lire 980.000 (506 Euros).
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby Nortoniggy » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:16 am

I bought my Commando new in 1972 in the UK. One of the first Interstate Combats and it cost £667.

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby travelerjerry » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:30 am

I paid around $1,835 for my brand new 1973 750 in 1973.
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby mike996 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:13 am

In 1973 I paid 900 bucks for a used '71 with 8k miles at a dealer in Memphis, TN. I couldn't afford a new one. Heck, I still can't! :)
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby Onder » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:08 am

What cost $1835 in 1973 would cost $9353.32 in 2012.

Go take a quick look at ebay. Id say about ball park for a
good overhauled bike if you are lucky to get what you paid for.

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby Bob Z. » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:13 am

I recall that the big sell-off of 1975 Norton-Villiers-Triumph Commandos and Tridents in early 1976 had a price of $1999.

I bought a silver Interstate. The dealer had a J Player replica that I gave a test ride.
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby frankdamp » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:40 am

When I left N-V in 1968 to emigrate to the US, I could have purchased a new Commando at an employee discount price of £475, but couldn't afford to do it. We left the UK with less than £600 - our total net worth other than our household belongings.
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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby Pero » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:52 am

Exchange rates 24. Jan. 1971

1 GBP = 2,4 USD

624 ITL = 1 USD

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Re: Prices in 1970

Postby Pero » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:59 am

pierodn wrote:Hi Pero,
In 1971 in Italy they sold a Commando for Lire 980.000 (506 Euros).
Ciao.
Piero


Hi ''neighbour''

But 500€ of that time was a lot more money than it is now.

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