Yipes — In a week gas has jumped about twenty cents a gallon at the station I’m using while my regular place is undergoing renovation. I paid $2.79 at the Mobil station on the corner of US 1 and SW 152nd Street in Miami. Last Monday it was $2.59, on the drive in to the office I saw it going for as much as $2.87 and as low as $2.67 at the Westar in Coconut Grove. It might have something to do with the fact that the price of a barrel of oil has topped $80.
It’s a good thing that my Mustang is averaging about 20.75 mpg even with all the in-town driving I do. And it makes me glad that I’m not driving one of these every day.
It’s from the Memory Lane exhibit at the South Florida International Auto Show. I got to drive it from West Miami to Miami Beach last week in preparation for setting up the exhibit. It has a push-button transmission, a steering wheel the size of an extra-large pizza, and a suspension that removes any illusion that you are riding on a road with any bumps at all. It handles like the Queen Mary — you don’t park it, you dock it — and 53 years ago, it was considered “thrifty.”
Thanks to Bob for the photo.