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'Mad Men' price index: Business trip gasoline

Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Energy Information Administration 2014 gasoline outlook.
Photo by Jordin Althaus/AMC

When Harry Crane rents a red Mustang convertible in Season 6 of "Mad Men," Roger complains about arriving at the client meeting "with bugs on my teeth." No driver today could complain about what the guys probably paid for gasoline on that 1968 business trip: less than 35 cents per gallon. Fuel costs about 10 times as much today after rising faster than the rate of inflation.

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