Author: Jason / Date: December 14, 2022 / Tags: classic cars
(RareCarMarket.com) – A car’s dashboard serves as an information center for the driver. Given its importance, one would think a simple, sometimes flashy or unique design would be ideal. Apparently, these manufacturers missed that memo.
The 1961 Chrysler Imperial may be over six decades old, but it featured a pretty elaborate instrument panel, complete with an automatic headlight dimmer. Back in the 60s, most people just wanted to know how fast they were going and how much gas was left, but the Imperial went above and beyond to provide information like oil pressure and alternator temperature. The speedometer was rather unique as well, given it was sort of a rolling drum. Pretty advanced for the time!
Elon Musk’s take on a pickup truck is certainly unique. Its futuristic, yet minimalist, design commands attention. If the outside of the truck is less than desirable to some, given its odd shape, then it’s likely the inside won’t impress them either. Don’t let the fact the Cybertruck is supposed to be an advanced pickup fool you; on the inside, Musk took the term “less is more” a little too literally. The dash only consists of a single screen that controls and displays everything.
In 1988, Pontiac had a concept car called the Banshee, and it’s probably best that it never went into production. While the outside of the car was intriguing, the interior was a completely different story. Not only did the seat appear to be made from cheap plastic, but the dash, sort of wrapping down around towards the driver, also did. The steering wheel was on another level entirely with 23 buttons placed around it, making it especially difficult to push the right one and making it all too easy to hit the wrong one.
Dashboards are a perfect opportunity for manufacturers to put in some unique features. However, it’s easy to go too far, just as these have. Again, drivers look at their dash for information. If you overcomplicate it, that makes it hard for them to find what they’re looking for. Then again, if you go too simple, the interior looks boring. There needs to be a perfect balance.
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