Post by WarioSajak on Dec 13, 2018 10:25:35 GMT -5
As far as I know, many weeks of the first 25 seasons aren't available (all we'd really need are 39 episodes, one from each week) for various reasons. As such, it's not possible to definitively answer your question.
Heck, even just tracking the cars offered in various available episodes is a tall order, and one that I'm not really interested in undertaking at this time (admittedly, I should've been tracking the Bonus Round prizes back when I was taking notes on 1980s episodes for the History Wiki).
In The Last 5 Years, They Usually Offered CUVs Such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
I second Bryce's post about your writing style, which I suspect you didn't see.
(It doesn't help that this kind of style hurts my eyes slightly.)
Last Edit: Dec 13, 2018 10:44:16 GMT -5 by WarioSajak
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Seasons 1-4 and the first month of 5 of course had the car as the show's top prize. Usually, they'd be around the $10,000-$15,000 range, though some cars that were as high as $30,000 were offered, and as time went on, more luxury cars became available. Two cars were sometimes offered on a single episode.
Seasons 5 & 6 really upped the ante with the cars, as the $25,000 cash naturally became the bonus prize of choice. Cars in the $30,000-$50,000 range were fairly common in this era. The occasional car (usually a compact) would be offered as a wheel prize during this era (usually Round 4/5), and this continued for the next few seasons in the following era.
I sort of see Seasons 7-18 as one long "greater '90s era", aka the "W-H-E-E-L" envelopes era. Cars tended to fall back into the $20,000-$30,000 range or so, with around $15,000 the minimum, but $40,000 luxury cars were still offered on frequent occasion.
The cars offered for Seasons 19-25 were fairly similar or so to those offered in the '90s in terms of value, though due to inflation, fewer luxury cars tended to be offered as time went on, so that by Season 25, midsize to small SUVs to near luxury became the standard, with the occasional compact like the Mini Cooper or Volkswagen Jetta. Sub-$20,000 cars were gone by the start of this era as well. Early in the Mystery Wedge era, a subcompact car was occasionally offered as well.
Of course, the car is also an integral part of the daytime Wheel.
That said, one important change I'd like to make is for one special bonus envelope in the bonus round is for a luxury car as opposed to the regular one so that there would be more variety, with the eight-ten or so envelopes for the "common" car. Since $30,000, $35,000, and now $40,000 are no longer seen as "better" cash amounts on the bonus wheel, this should open things up for this slot with vehicles in the $50,000-$75,000 range would be my preference, and this would allow full-sized SUVs, Lincolns, Cadillacs, E-Class Mercedes, 5-Series BMWs, and perhaps even the base Tesla. And of course, there's certainly room to place two cars on the set, and I'd wish they'd bring back those Wheel-shaped turntables that were common back in the day.
Last Edit: Dec 26, 2018 9:39:43 GMT -5 by pannoni1
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