Hey there Hoons. Today is Black Friday and part of the Thanksgiving weekend so we’re going to have an extremely light schedule on the site. Since you’re reading this however, it’s likely that you’ve either already returned from your holiday shopping soirée or, more likely are eschewing leaving the house altogether today. That being the case, let’s do a little historical research, shall we?
You know, one of the primary purposes of a FWD drivetrain in a car is the packaging. It allows for a larger passenger compartment in an appreciably more compact size. Part of that is afforded by the lack of need for a transmission tunnel bisecting the interior. Some FWD cars have had completely flat floors. The 1988 Mercury Sable above is an example of a FWD car with only a modest hump, one that’s easily traversed should you need to slide over to the opposite window for a moment or whatever. As it’s a column shift it also lacks any form of console between the seats. Now, compare that to its modern analog, the current Ford Taurus. I know, it’s like going from a bandeau bikini top to a turtle neck?
There are lots of reasons why cars have seemingly all gone to seats split by a massive console – the popularity of floor shifters, available AWD, and the need to properly position passengers for the airbags among them. That’s all well and good, but it got me thinking, when did we lose the foot freedom we once had, and what was the last car to give up the fight? So, if you don’t have anything better to do today – football? pfffft – then let’s go on a hunt and see if we can track down the last car to offer a flat – or nearly flat floor. Are there any still being produced, or when did they last give up the fight?
Image: Spokane Craigslist