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For my Dieselpunk RPG I use old copies of the Sears and Roebuck catalog for most pricing but I still need a good resource to determine the cost of the cars and motorcycles of the era/s.

Does any one have a good resource to pass along?

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That's a tough one.  Are you looking for specific years?  I can find a few individual ads but this could take quite a while and is likely to miss years and models.

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The best document to have would be price sheets from dealers in certain years but auto dealerships were so convoluted as to which cars they could or couldn't sell you'd never get a comprehensive idea of pricing.  There are tables for manufacturer cost by year but only for Dodge and Ford.  The best resource I have now is the Daredevil RPG rules.

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As you say, auto dealer prices are intentionally convoluted even today.  Not to sound like a cheesy gamer but this sounds like an opportunity to create a formula from these ads and roll dice to wheel&deal the car salesman up or down.  Used cars will be a much greater price range but you never know what will be available. 

Notice that there were apparently car modifying shops then that offered fancier cars at discount prices.  Sort of like kit cars today but ready to drive away.  IF drivers are will to pay $45. to make a Model-T look sexy (I understand that those Speedster bodies were wood, cloth, & dope like a biplane) then what would a mobster or bootlegger pay for a specially modified car? 

Bullet Proofing a Car

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At the end of the day, how important is exact prices, makes, models, and dealing to an rpg campaign? 

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Our local gaming group has gathered a lot of info:  our motor vehicle page has a costs for some cars:    http://asmrb.pbworks.com/w/page/9958931/Pulp%20Automobiles%2C%20Mot...

I just scanned your web-site.  This is an excellent resource for vehicles of this era.  I hope you don't mind my players referencing your list when they are in the market for a new vehicle.  They have had so many shot up, crashed or blown up that they are always in the market for some new wheels.

Good Job!

Refer away! Our "Pulp Adventure" wiki is reference for our local tabletop game, but anyone should feel free to roll around in it. Our section of telegram forms has gotten a lot of comment lately:  http://asmrb.pbworks.com/w/page/9959033/Pulp%20Telegram%20Forms

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Michael B.

Stephen Vossler said:

I just scanned your web-site.  This is an excellent resource for vehicles of this era.  I hope you don't mind my players referencing your list when they are in the market for a new vehicle.  They have had so many shot up, crashed or blown up that they are always in the market for some new wheels.

Good Job!

Michael Blum  Those are both very impressive.  Thank you for posting. 

Michael Blum said:

Refer away! Our "Pulp Adventure" wiki is reference for our local tabletop game, but anyone should feel free to roll around in it. Our section of telegram forms has gotten a lot of comment lately:  http://asmrb.pbworks.com/w/page/9959033/Pulp%20Telegram%20Forms

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Michael B.

Stephen Vossler said:

I just scanned your web-site.  This is an excellent resource for vehicles of this era.  I hope you don't mind my players referencing your list when they are in the market for a new vehicle.  They have had so many shot up, crashed or blown up that they are always in the market for some new wheels.

Good Job!

Krause Publications has their series of "standard catalog" books, with TONS of information. In front of me at this moment I have their Standard Catalog of Cadillac 1903-1990; it's got prices for Cadillac and LaSalle cars, along with options, etc. for every year.

They also publish "Standard Catalog" books for Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Buick; and one called "American Light-Duty Trucks". There's also "American Cars, 1805-1942" which claims to have, "6,000 makes listed alphabetically, with pricing" ... I presume that was original price, not current collector price, but don't know. I see on Amazon that there's a CD-ROM version of this one. Prices on their older books are all over the place. You might get cheap, used copies on eBay or abebooks.com

Krause's own website has "statistics downloads" ... I just got the one for Chrysler 1924-35. Each model year has a paragraph on each type, with a description; and each year has several paragraphs of technical and historical info. Each model has price, weight and total production numbers for each year. Just one example:  in 1933 (available from December 1932), the Chrysler "Series CQ" 128" wheelbase 4 door convertible sedan (5 passenger) cost $1495, weighed 4144 pounds, and 364 were built that year.  Options you could order included side-mounted spares, leather or metal spare tire covers, rear view mirrors on the side-mount spares, truck rack, touring trunk, cigar lighter, radio, "wind wings", heater, clock, spotlights, chrome hood vent louvers ... that's just one of thirty Chrysler variations for that model year. So, that oughta overflow your players with car info.

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