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
Pint of beer2s ½d£1.60
20 cigarettes4s 6d£3.60
Pint of milk8d54p
Large loaf of bread1s 1½d90p
Cossor CR1602 reel-to-reel tape recorder£38 17s£625
17" GEC black & white TV (Currys)49 guineas£830
Morphy-Richards hair drier£3 10s 8d£57
The Daily Mirror newspaper2½d to 3d17p
Average house price£2,440£39,000
Britvic orange juice - 6 fl. oz. can10-11d 67p-74p
Ford Anglia car£606£9,800
Tricity Kitchen Cold Junior refrigerator48 guineas£810
Creda Mercury Super Four - electric cooker£61 19s£1,000
Flatley 104 washing machine with wringer£17 17s£290
Boots Cologne bath size soap9d60p
Nescafé instant coffee (2oz tin) 2s 10d£2.30
Men's nylon shirt (St. Michael) from Marks & Spencer£1 15s 11d£29
Chips - 6 pence worth or 1 shilling's worth6d or 1s40p or 80p
Tri-ang Scalextric GP3 model car racing track£8 18s £140

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).

References

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

By Steven Braggs, November 2021

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