Volkswagen Beetle, popularly known as Ijapa, cost N3,908 in Nigeria in 1982, what can you buy with it today?
Ijapa was a favorite amongst Nigerians due to its efficiency and affordability.
The original Volkswagen Beetle, popularly known as Ijapa (Tortoise) in Nigeria, is one of several iconic cars that ruled the Nigerian highways in the 70s and 80s.
Due to its efficiency and affordability, Ijapa, known for its distinctive rounded rear-end, was a favorite amongst teachers, civil servants, and the average middle-class Nigerian citizenry.
But how much does the Volkswagen Beetle cost in the 70s and 80s that makes it a favorite amongst Nigerians? Well, a trending picture seems to have the answer.
A Volkswagen Beetle that was acquired in 1982 — which is nearly 40 years ago — was purchased for just Three Thousand, Nine Hundred, and Eight Naira. Forty Kobo (N3,908.40).
Hmmmmm… Today, what can you buy with it today?
Last month, Nigerian journalist Ruth Osime shared a receipt issued by Leventis Motors for the purchase of a brand new Honda Civic worth just N3,205 in 1976.
While asking the question “Who we offend”?, she explained that the same Honda Civic, now in its eleventh generation, is now worth approximately N32,205,000 in Nigeria. This is an increase of 1004736.19% (over 1 million percent) in less than 50 years.