Originally Posted by ldrjax
I'm (unfortunately) old enough to remember the "energy crisis" of the mid-1970s. Not only did the price of gas skyrocket, but it was frequently unavailable (remember being able to buy gas only on odd or even-numbered days based on the last digit of your license plate?)..
Around 1974 or so?? I drove from western Mass to Norfolk in a 1964 MG Midget with a broken gas guage---NJ turnpike had a $1.00 limit on gas for the entire length of the pike---they marked your toll ticket somehow. I got my allotted 1 dollars worth, drove to the next station down the pike, talked, pleaded, cajoled my way into an additional dollars worth by exagerating my plight (I'd be AWOL if I don't get back tonight)
Took 78 cents---I sheepishly said keep the change---and drove off.
That car only held 8 gallons, I couldn't ever get a free carwash---took 10 gallons minimum for that!
I don't remember what the per gallon cost was, probably around 50 cents a gallon??