How much did things cost in 1961?

These are some prices of a few items in 1961.

1961 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 11d£4.20
Pint of beer2s ½d£1.70
20 cigarettes4s 6d£3.80
Pint of milk8d56p
Large loaf of bread1s 1½d95p
Cossor CR1602 reel-to-reel tape recorder£38 17s£660
17" GEC black & white TV (Currys)49 guineas£870
Morphy-Richards hair drier£3 10s 8d£60
The Daily Mirror newspaper2½d to 3d18p to 21p
Average house price£2,440£41,000
Britvic orange juice - 6 fl. oz. can10-11d 71-78p
Ford Anglia car£606£10,000
Tricity Kitchen Cold Junior refrigerator48 guineas£850
Creda Mercury Super Four - electric cooker£61 19s£1,100
Flatley 104 washing machine with wringer£17 17s£300
Boots Cologne bath size soap9d64p
Nescafé instant coffee (2oz tin) 2s 10d£2.40
Men's nylon shirt (St. Michael) from Marks & Spencer£1 15s 11d£30
Chips - 6 pence worth or 1 shilling's worth6d or 1s42p or 85p
Tri-ang Scalextric GP3 model car racing track£8 18s £150

The cost of buying a house on a mortgage was 6% in 1961. [1]

Prices are in pounds, shillings and pence.

Some shops priced more expensive items in guineas. A guinea is one pound and one shilling or £1.05.

The inflation adjusted prices are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For a comparison of prices in 1961 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1961


[1] 'Loans for Houses' published in Which? by the Consumers' Association, April 1961

By Steven Braggs, November 2021, updated May 2022

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