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ladidaCA
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2010 10:03:01 PM

What were gas prices when you were in high school?
Does anyone remember the odd day even day gas fill up?
I remember the prices being around $0.58. Can anyone confirm or remember that. Early 70's prices?
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 7:54:07 PM

00.25 cents a gal. 1964
I was in Santa Barbara, CA.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 3:45:50 PM

.10-.32 cents a gallon. You could fill a car with less then a $5.00 bill.
tiny1oh
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 8:30:53 AM

.10 a gallon
pinbuster2005
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 5:14:27 AM

When I got my license in 1988 it was $0.829 for regular leaded (a few stations still had it), $0.879 for regular unleaded, & $1.039 for super unleaded. The car I had at the time was a 1978 Chevy Malibu wagon that was supposed to run on unleaded gas and got about 20 mpg with super and about 17 mpg with regular unleaded. It didn't have a catalytic converter in it so I opened up the filler hole in the car so I could get the leaded nozzle in it and ran leaded regular and got 23 mpg out of it saving me a lot of money on gas.
SpeedyGonzoMD
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 12:28:22 AM

.34 a gallon in Maryland
xbAG
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:41:58 PM

.25 a Gal.
I went to high school in Santa Barbara, CA.
Graduated in 1964.
We cruised State St.
I remember digging for Quarters for gas.
Philo_Gray
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:22:02 PM

I refuse to answer the question as the answer might give away may age.
Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 7:02:22 PM

.75-.80
Nick1220NC
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 10:25:23 PM

1.50
rando991
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 6:51:46 PM

.33-.38 cents a gallon
prkuehn
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 12:21:18 PM

Much lower
Deno
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 12:00:03 PM

1.45 when I began driving in September 1980. That was the highest ever, & when adjusted for inflation, not exceeded until 3.18 in 2008.
When I graduated in 1982, it was 1.10. By summer 1986, 60¢. I paid as little as .479 in Oil City, PA, that summer.
dchawk81
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 4:46:00 AM

79 cents when I got my license. 95 cents by the time I graduated.
estroh
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 12:39:07 AM

27 cents
Safari7350
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 10:54:45 PM

.25 If you could collect a $1.00 from your friends you were going places.
Cruiser001
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 10:35:58 PM

$.24 - $.27 - gas wars really happened back then
estroh
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 12:03:44 AM

27 cents
miniskunk
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 12:31:37 AM

$0.799 This was 1986-88
Jake92876
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 12:21:59 AM

It was in the 80 cent range.
mrhatandcoat
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 11:20:31 PM

.399
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 10:42:37 PM

Back in the days before the Arab oil embargo:

You could get gas at the no-name station for 19.9¢ a gallon.

There's a picture of a Standard of Indiana station in one of my high school yearbooks where the gas was 27.9¢ a gallon. My father was a big Phillips 66 fan, but I don't remember how much they charged.

As to odd-even rationing, the only place I encountered it was on a business trip to Silicon Valley in 1979. I went out and drove in the parking lots of all the famous Silicon Valley companies. The station somehow knew I was driving a rental car and they told me I was exempt from odd-even rationing. However, I filled up on odd days just like my license plates indicated.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 5/26/2014 10:46:56 PM EST]
tiny1oh
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 5:17:34 AM

.10 cents
rrtruck
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:17:15 AM

I started buying gas at about $.52 per gallon. Cica 1975.
alphanyr
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 12:25:55 PM

mid 70's when i started driving in PA .379
chrisd552
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 11:52:02 AM

1997 = $0.89/gallon
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 11:09:36 AM

Back in 60's about 29,9 cents a gallon..$200 gave you over half a tank.
shasta2e
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2014 10:35:47 PM

1973 about 65cents/gl
bhWY
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2014 8:48:26 PM

In the early 1960's I believe gas in North Dakota was 0.24 a gallon
csh7586
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2014 7:26:35 PM

In 1973, I remember 35.9 in an ARCO self serve.
happylilly
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 3:41:17 AM

1.20
box driver
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 10:08:12 AM

17.9 for regular 89 Octane
21.9 for Hi-test
24.9 for super Sunoco 260
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:23:03 AM

A buck a gallon.
sheba24
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 7:12:33 AM

around 0.21 cents
rjs8619
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:51:28 AM

.95
pghbill
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:19:22 AM

around .50
Somis1
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:02:10 AM

About a quarter, and I got a discount because I worked in a gas station. But I don't think I earned much over a buck an hour, either.
pagbowl
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 12:11:58 AM

0.99
TriniB
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 3:42:06 PM

.31
thebrohta167
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 10:21:26 AM

around 80-90 cents for regular and 1.00-1.30 for premium-1997-1999
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 5:43:38 PM

About 40 cents per litre
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 10:44:30 AM

50 cents a gallon.
wheelman82
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 10:40:48 AM

35 cents
keriazy4
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 10:25:00 AM

0.80
Overland1
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 10:22:06 PM

0.179/gallon.
stonejd
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 9:09:35 PM

$.89
Jake92876
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 7:57:44 PM

I think they were $.87 here when I was 16, 1992.
thirstyV8suv
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 1:17:30 PM

My senior year of high school was the peak heyday for SUVs as there was a glut of oil on the market that lasted only a couple of years. I fondly remember filling up at a local station for 98 cents a gallon. Shortly thereafter starting in 2001 to 2003 the commodity boom took off and we saw gas approach $4/gal at some stations in the area.
steffy628
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:29:49 PM

.79
tkawashima
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 11:16:12 AM

.70 per gallon
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 11:05:27 AM

About 40 cents per litre, as I recall
cv
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:24:20 AM

Average was 30 cents/gal for regular, 32 cents for premium. Most things were ten times less than they are now, it is called inflation.
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