My Car Quest

November 18, 2018

The Beauty And Style Of The Car Interior

by Mike –

The interior is where we spend most of the time with our cars. It is also where most of us have the majority of our car tactile experience.

The materials are important – metal, real leather, high quality plastic and real wood should be used rather than cheap plastic, fake leather and fake wood.

Car Interior

Car Interior

We use the steering wheel to guide the car and the gear shifter to select the proper gear which means they both get handled a lot and thus should be comforting to the touch.

We spend a lot of time looking at the dashboard, or at least in the general direction of the dashboard. A well designed dashboard with easy to read gauges and a pleasing appearance is essential.

Car Interior

As the driver we do not get the pleasure of watching our beautiful cars drive by (because we are driving) but we do see quite a bit of the interior don’t we?

Car Interior

Yet most of the car photos published are of the exterior of the car and we tend to use the appearance of the exterior to make our judgments about beauty and style.

Car Interior

Today I will try and tip the scales a little in the direction of car interior photos by sharing several interior photos by Bruce Caron from the recent Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Some are old cars, some are new and a couple are race cars.

See if you can guess what they are.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

 

 

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Car Interior

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Spyker Interior

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Update – see the Comment from Wallace Wyss in the Comment section – his photos are below.

1954-1964-facel-vega

Facel Vega

Bentley SC Continental

Bentley SC Continental

Bentley-EXP-10-Speed-6-Concept-interior

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

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The Beauty And Style Of The Car Interior
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The Beauty And Style Of The Car Interior
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The car interior should be beautiful as well as functional.
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Comments

  1. Your lead car image is my favorite. The chrome roll bar, bright red interior and incredible dash create a wonderful visual.

  2. Great idea for a blog post. I see a coffee table book in the future.

  3. Wallace Wyss says:

    OK you got me started, Mike. Here’s three of my favorites:
    Facel Vega , with the many gauges, and the wood background
    though of course the wood was “simulated.” I like the levers that look
    like each controls an engine in a six engine bomber, “lets throttle back on Number five engine, Pierre.”

    -The Bentley SC interior also had the gauges on a central console
    making you feel that only you knew what they all meant

    -The Bentley EXP Speed 10 concept car interior is almost too glitzy but they’ve got that diamond pattern down pretty well now. Now that the head Bentley designer went to a Korean firm, will we see Korean cars with this kind of Interior?

  4. Mike, excellent article and great contributions by Wallace. In the article, what are pix 1-4? I’m thinking that #1 is a 70s-early 80s Aston Martin V8 with its Blaupunkt radio on a stick while #4 is perhaps a Lamborghini Urraco. Correct me if I’m wrong. What are #2 & #3?

  5. Bill Petro says:

    And I would also suggest my 1974 Lotus Elan +2s 130/5. Its as close as I can get to an Aston! The dash just “burls” me away!

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