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Sorting out one of the bedrooms I came across a couple of old Autocar magazines. One of which dated from 1994 (the one in which they tested the McLaren F1).

New car Prices were £13,060 for a 33 1.7 16v; £17,650 for 1 155 V6; £22,010 for a 155 Cloverleaf 4 and £28,400 for a 164 3.0 Cloverleaf

Go forward 12 year to 2006 and the cost of the equivalent Alfas are £17,150 for a 147 2.0 TS; and £28,250 for a 159 3.2 Lusso.

When you think how much more expensive everthing has got over the intervening years, and the fact that new cars have higher specifications, the real cost of cars have come down quite a bit.

It just goes to show how much the British public were being ripped off in 1994 - perhaps this is one of the good things that has come out of belonging to Europe?
 

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too true gary; didn't the auto industry used to refer to the uk as "treasure island"?

don't forget as well though that manufacturing processes have become a lot more efficient lately so the cost of added kit in newer cars will be offset somewhat by lower manufacturing costs
 
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