In 1973 I bought a Plymouth Duster, a coupe, for $2,650. Today you can still find a strippo of some kind for under $15,000, but a well-equipped family sedan is in the low $20,000s, and many of those have 4-cyl. engines. I’m looking at a sticker of a loaded Nissan Altima with a four: $24,564. We bought a 1997 GMC pickup, the big V-8, with three doors, extended cab, CD, leather, 4-wheel drive, the works, and the sticker price was $29,000. Today an absolutely loaded GMC pickup can go to ...

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