How much did things cost in 1965?

These are prices of some sample items in 1965.

How much were these prices for someone on an average income in 1965? To get a feel for this, I have adjusted them for the increase in incomes from 1965 to today. You can see these adjusted prices in the column 'Income adjusted'.

1965 priceIncome adjusted
Gallon of petrol6s 2d£14
Pint of beer2s 4d£5.50
Half a bottle of Scotch whisky£1 1s 9d to £1 5s 3d£51 to £59
20 cigarettes4s 7d£11
Pint of milk9½d£1.80
Large loaf of bread1s 2½d£2.80
11" Ferguson Personal 3629 black & white TV £59 17s£2,800
19" black & white TV rental per week8s 6d to 11s£20 to £26
Decca TP99 radio£15 15s£740
Ferguson 3210 reel-to-reel tape recorder£25 4s£1,200
Olympus Pen-EE half frame automatic camera£28 7s£1,300
The Daily Mirror newspaper4d78p
Average house price£3,344£160,000
Pepsi Cola (can) (Vivo)10½d £2
Ford Cortina car£644£30,000
Hotpoint Iced Diamond 65 refrigerator£65 2s£3,000
Hoovermatic 3301L - twin-tub washing machine (Currys)£72 9s£3,400
Parnell Spinwasher de luxe EW 601 H - semi-automatic washing machine£88 4s£4,100
Colston Mark IV - dishwasher£82 19s£3,900
Smiths crisps per pack (Mace)6d£1.20
A dozen eggs3s 8d to 4s 6d£8.60 to £11
Margarine per lb1s 3d to 2s 10d£2.90 to £6.60
Butter per pound2s 11d to 4s 8d£6.80 to £11
Tea ¼lb PG Tips loose leaf tea1s 4½d to 1s 9d£3.20 to £4.10
Vesta Beef Hungaria 20oz 3s 3d£7.60
Gannex men's raincoat from Montague Burton £11 11s£540
Qualcast Super Panther push mower £7 15s 9d£360
Flymo hover mower£35 14s£1,700
Fireworks - selection boxes2s 6d to 25s£5.80 to £58
Ronson 21 electric razor£7 7s£340
Mens suit, made-to-measure from Montague Burton£24£1,100

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 1965 adjusted for inflation see Infation adjusted prices for 1965

By Steven Braggs, November 2021, updated May 2022

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