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Slap in some emission controls, safety feature and AC and it would be pricier.
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Today's cars have about 3 times the power (about 180 hp for a 2010 Ford Fusion, compared to the "60" hp for the "Thrifty") for the same mileage and with half the number of cylinders (4 cylinder). And you get Microsoft Windows running your voice commanded radio and cell phone speaker...btw, this is a nice scanned sales brochure from 1939:http://www.ford-archiv.de/pdf/ford-1939.pdf
Thank you, Mark. Very nice. Added to the post.
Similar to Mark's point (and JDJarvis'):At 85-95hp *1 this V8 is more comparable to a modern economy car. For comparison's sake, all modern Corollas have a V4 which puts out at least 95hp, even though they have a performance sapping, environmentally friendly catalytic converter. My 2006 Corolla XRS puts out 170hp and gets 26mpg-34mpg. What accounts for today's high cost, low MPG vehicles? Of course car companies have supplied big expensive cars, but public demand looks like the driving factor. *1http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/flathead_specs-85to100mid.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ford_engines#8_Cylinder