16 March 2018: With the Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, comparethemarket.com has taken a drive down memory lane, revealing how some of the UKs most famous car models have changed in both style and price. While some cars would be unrecognisable from their older versions, others have stayed remarkably close to their original design.
From the grand Rolls-Royce Phantom and Jaguar XJ – to household favorites such as the Honda Civic and the Ford Fiesta – comparethemarket.com has taken a deep-dive into the automobile archives to show not only how popular cars once looked, but also how much consumers were – and still are – willing to invest in them. For example, while a Chevrolet Corvette would have cost £1,256 (or £33,000 based on inflation figures ) back in 1953, today a model could set you back nearly double at £64,010.
Similarly, the Rolls Royce has evolved significantly. During the pre-war era, up-market cars like the Rolls Royce were supplied as a chassis only and these were then taken to a coachbuilder to have a body shell made and fitted. At the lower end of the spectrum, Ford’s first ever compact hatchback, the Ford Fiesta, has only marginally shifted in price for its customers; from £1,856 (£12,700 based on inflation figures) in 1976 to £13,165 today.