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Talking of market prices reminds me of a recent conversation with "Jim" Hale, director of Don's Coaches, well known in Herts and Essex. On a recent trip to Turin he spent some time in Fiat's library looking with great interest through early copies of CM — Fiat apparently has a comprehensive file of road transport journals from around the world.
He browsed through a copy of CM in which secondhand coaches were advertised at £85 and suggested that a book reproducing old bus and lorry advertisements might have a mouthwatering sale among present-day operators.
Considering that a 27-seat Bedford coach cost a mere £875 as recently as 1950 it's not surprising that older readers like to be reminded of the good old days. Will our children look back fondly at 1975 when new coaches and lorries cost "only" around £10,000 to £20,000?