Hooniverse Asks- What Car has the Most Awesome Factory Interior?

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The earliest cars – those of more than a century ago – had no interior. There may have been a tufted cushion, and perhaps a rudimentary canvas cover, but for the most part you pretty much rode on the car, rather than in it. Oh how times have changed. Today, your car ‘s or truck’s – hell, especially some of the trucks – interior can be a home away from home, providing you with automatic climate control, Internet access and a place to warm or cool a tasty beverage. Your college dorm should have been so nice.

It’s not just amenities that have evolved over the decades, the materials, styling, and ergonomics have also seen several paradigm shifts over the years. Most of that is driven by the fact that we spend so darn much time in out cars that they better be both aesthetically and functionally pleasing. Today I want to know which car’s interior, in your opinion, possesses the the most alluring matchup of those aspects.

Do you shun the broad panoply of amenities now offered on cars for a more visceral appeal of the old school style over function approach, such as was the norm from about  the mid ’30s on through the ’60s? Or, is convenience and gee-whiz technology  turned tangible in soft-touch plastic more your bag? Whichever your poison, what car or truck do you think has the most awesome factory interior 

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56 Comments

    1. Has anyone here ever driven one? I've always wondered whether the gear shift was like the one in the 2CV, which the great Paul Cockburn once described as "like lancing a wombat."

      1. I've never driven a DS, but I have driven several 2CVs… It's an enormous amount of fun for such a slow car.
        However I cant remember it feeling like throwing a short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupial!

        1. I think he meant something more along the lines of stabbing a short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupial with a spear. I understand the gear-shift is a twist-and-jab sort of thing.

      2. DS's have Citromatic, which is easy-you just move the shifter from gear to gear, there's no clutch, it has a smooth, slightly notchy feel. ID's have a conventional 4 speed on the column and clutch, and that's a little bit vague but not too bad. 2cv's on the other hand, the shifter feels like shoving the quarters into the washing machine at the laundromat, very notchy, stiff & loud. Hope this helps.

      1. Almost looks like one of those plastic inserts you find in a biscuit tin – I'd hope it's more substantial than that.

  1. I love it when very large luxury sedans decide they can only manage 4 people. A8L pictured, but Phaeton also works
    <img src="http://media.caranddriver.com/images/10q2/342123/2011-audi-a8l-rear-seats-photo-346082-s-1280×782.jpg&quot; width=500>
    Additionally, I find the H1 interior fantastic for it's lack of space despite enormity of vehicle.
    <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-2004/2004-Hummer-H1-Interior-Rear-Seats-View-1920×1440.jpg&quot; width=500>

  2. The Tucker 48's dash apeals to me. The dash is so simple and the shifter column with its tiny shifter is a neat touch. As usual It wont let me post the pics from my phone. Try some google foooo.

  3. On the topic of factory interiors, the lede image is a 1950 Pontiac with a 1949 steering wheel missing its central clear plastic cover, an aftermarket 8-track player (not invented until the 1960s), missing trim above the glove box, an incorrect door panel, and a nonstandard paint job. Admittedly it's still not a bad-looking interior, but not factory.

    1. I kind of hate when I have to upvote you for stuff like this. While all true and funny, it makes me think of Vogons.

      1. "Oh freddled gruntbuggly/thy micturations are to me/As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
        Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes. And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
        Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!"

  4. I'm partial to the '58-'60 Thunderbird:
    <img src="http://photos.aaca.org/files/6/0/3/3/4/1960_ford_thunderbird_convertible_with_top_down_-_red_-_interior_pat_d.jpg&quot; width=600>
    Not my car, mine has no AC and is leather so it's not two tone, it's all red.
    But the '61-'63 has the better dash:
    <img src="http://www.velocityjournal.com/images/full/2011/539/fd1961thunderbird53941687.jpg&quot; width=600>
    But the '64-66 has the cool, wrap around back seat:
    <img src="http://www.secondchancegarage.com/public/photogallery/1964-tbird-conv/64-tbird-conv-backseat.jpg&quot; width=600>

  5. Pretty much any '75 Cadillac with a Monticello Velour interior:
    <img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2788/4173430107_e273cbdfdb_z.jpg?zz=1"&gt;
    Although they lack the fancy consoles of the Fleetwood Talisman, the fabric is way more over-the-top. It's the most pimped-out car straight from the factory that you could imagine. The existence of these cars shows us how different the 70's really were. Banker and CEO types bought cars that looked like a Victorian bordello inside.
    If a red one didn't strike your fancy, you could get it in bodacious blue:
    <img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2709/4111195448_fb0c238ca0_z.jpg?zz=1"&gt;
    or "Rosewood"
    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6046/6258619877_7de3ea82ce_z.jpg"&gt;

  6. The 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. You know you're driving something crazy when your car has a 9000 rpm redline and no speedometer at all !
    <img src="http://autoinjected.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/alfa-romeo-tipo-33-stradale-interior.jpg&quot; width="700">
    Also a honorable mention to the 1954 Fiat Turbina concept car. With a wooden steering wheel, a crapload of gauges and three gas turbine behind you, it has to be the coolest interior ever made.
    <img src="http://i54.tinypic.com/349ctjs.jpg&quot; width="700">

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