How much did things cost in 1963?

These are prices of some sample items in 1963.

How much were these prices for someone on an average income in 1963? To get a feel for this, I have adjusted them for the increase in incomes from 1963 to today. You can see these adjusted prices in the column 'Income adjusted'.

1963 priceIncome adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 9d£13
Pint of beer2s 1d£5.60
20 cigarettes4s 6d£12
Pint of milk8½d£1.90
Dansette Conquest Auto record player£23 19s 6d£1,300
19" Philips dual standard black & white TV (Currys)69 guineas£3,900
The Daily Mirror newspaper3d68p
Average house price£2,822£150,000
Pepsi Cola (3 cans) (Spar)2s 6d £6.80
Ford Cortina car£597£32,000
Frigidaire SheerLook refrigerator£39£2,100
Morphy-Richards TOS toaster£5 18s 6d£320
Hoover Constellation 862 vacuum cleaner£19 12s 6d£1,100
Dent-o-matic electric tooth brush£4 4s£230
Kodak Automatic cine camera£24 10s 2d£1,300
Skyline 67 tin opener1s 10d£5
Servis Supertwin - washing machine (Currys)77 guineas£4,400
Lec F160 chest freezer£103 9s 7d£5,600
Rolls-Colston Mk IV dishwasher£78 15s£4,300
Axminster carpet per square yard82s£220
Russell Hobbs K2 electric kettle£5 5s£280
½lb Stork margarine 1s 9d£4.70
Aristoc Run Resist No. 1 nylon stockings 15 Denier8s 11d£24
Coin operated dry cleaning (Bendix) per load10s£27
1 cwt of coal delivered8s to 12s£22 to £33

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 income adjusted prices are based on the Bank of England's Three Centuries Macroeconomic Dataset Version 2.3 - 30 June 2016. I have updated the income figures based on the ONS: Series code KAB9, adjusted to bring the figures inline with the Bank of England's.

For a comparison of prices in 1963 adjusted for inflation see Infation adjusted prices for 1963

By Steven Braggs, November 2021, updated May 2022

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