1940

1st April 1940: A car with a gas tank on its roof being filled with a quota of gas at Hyde Park filling station, London. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.15

Change from the previous year: $0.00

1941

8th December 1941: The day after Pearl Harbour (Pearl Harbor) and following evacuation orders for Japanese living in America the owner of this shop in Oakland, California, who is a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, put this notice across his shop front. (Photo by Dorothea Lange/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.16

Change from the previous year: $0.01

1942

27th March 1942: A customised 1930 Austin 12 motorcar doubles as a tractor at the farm of Mr James Jupp in Creatham. The vehicle has been adapted to tow a Ransome plough, but can also be driven to market like a normal car. (Photo by Garland/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.17

Change from the previous year: $0.01

1943

3rd March 1943: A gas producer bus passes a petrol driven bus on London's Park Lane during a tests to compare the efficiency of the new fuel source. (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.17

Change from the previous year: $0.00

1944

August 1944: A party held by American airmen and members of the American Red Cross at an airfield in England, to celebrate the 100th successful mission of a Liberator bomber group of US 8th Air Force. On the roof of the jeep are Miss Cornell Kinsey and Miss Mary Carroll of the Red Cross. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.17

Change from the previous year: $0.00

1945

21st August 1945: A group of friends having a picnic beside a Riley car in the British countryside. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.17

Change from the previous year: $0.00

1946

29th November 1946: A line of Royal cars, made by Daimler, on the quayside at the Royal Albert Docks, London, waiting to be loaded on to the ship 'City of Madras'. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.17

Change from the previous year: $0.00

1947

A man digging his car out of the snow in 1947. (Photo by Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.19

Change from the previous year: $0.02

1948

A converted Rolls-Royce car being used as a tow truck by Bell's Sevice Garages of Kingston upon Thames, London, circa 1948. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.22

Change from the previous year: $0.03

1949

A line of Tucker automobiles sit parked outside the federal courthouse where a federal grand jury was investigating the Tucker Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 1949. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Gasoline Price: $0.23

Change from the previous year: $0.01

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