Asking subjective questions like these are always make for good conversations, so here goes: What is the most insane interior you've ever seen?
It could be a custom car at a car show, or something like the 1970s insanity of the Cadillac Fleetwood and DeVilles.
Granted, the word "insane" is both a positive and a negative for some folks, in some contexts. And this is one of them: just because you think its insane doesn't mean you don't like it!
I would personally love a Caddy like this.
Don’t forget the Porsche interiors that were plaid that looked like they were made from a Kilt.
It was called Tartant.
I remember one in a 924 Turbo Carrera. It was a company we did work for had as a test car for tires.
Yes, it's great. Thank for reminding me about Tartan. I like the Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI tartan seats known as “Clark Plaid” by designer Gunhild Liljequist’s better. Now thinkin of all the auto interiors by luxury designers, like ’76 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, I'm afraid to go down that hole .
When I saw the Pasha interior in a 928 in 1978, I thought "man they are going to sell a lot of leather!!!" Now I think it is very cool and typical of how forward thinking Porsche was and still is!!!
Clicked on your link, that is insane. I can not believe a car company would market and then even have a following worth that endeavor. Even more amazing is that the pattern was still available for restoration. Thank you for all the information regarding the craziness by a major car company in your posting.
Pretty tough to beat that Cadillac but Plymouth gave it the ole college try. Dad bought mom a 71 Gran Fury with this paisley pattern interior….in baby-poop brown no less. And to try to do Cadillac one-better, they gave it a matching paisley vinyl top too. Mom loved it. Me…not so much.
This one is wild only when compared to today’s drab interiors.
This 1967 Cadillac Eldorado sports the Dalmatian interior. The seat backs also have the subtle houndstooth fabric surrounded by black vinyl just like the front sides.
Fiero’s offered suede seats with wool skin inserts in 84-85.
Then in the Indy Pace car in 84 it was leather with woven inserts with the Indy emblem for 84 woven into the fabric. Original seats with good fabric can cost more than a decent 84 Fiero as no fabric is left.
Yup the Ponti tri-color was great. I had a '61 White Bonneville convertible with two tones of green & silver in leather. I would clean the seats with lemon pledge. When my girl friend was riding with me I would go around a right hand corner & she would slide over next to me, ( no seat belts) great fun. I wish I still had that car, it was great!
1978 Dodge Aspen. This interior is two shades of red plus the cloth pattern. The carpet and headliner are also red. I wish today’s interior design people would do something like this. I detest solid black interiors. My living room is not black and my car is my living room when I am going down the road.
Great post and replies by community members! I nominate my 79 Avanti II interior for "Good insane." Avanti buyers could select their interior materials and exterior paint...as well as whether they wanted one or two superchargers (or none). With 2 superchargers the car went 178mph at Bonneville in 1963 (plus 26 land speed records), the year it was introduced. Check out the Jet Age interior cabin, the saddle tan leather throughout with maroon leather piping ($3000 extra in 1979), aircraft style controls on the console and above the mirror (rocker switches), a slide-out vanity with pop-up mirror in the glove box, and a fully upholstered roll bar.
That picture is a Pierre Cardin interior for a 73 Javelin or AMX. I had a Javelin AMX 401 from 73-75 with that interior and the same purple exterior (and a white vinyl top) as in the picture. The Oleg Cassini interiors were for the Matador. Gremlins, Hornet Xs and CJ5 Jeeps had Levi's interiors as options.
Great picture of the green Cadillac. Reminds me of the 1974 Sedan DeVille my mom had. Red paisley interior the size of the living room couch. What a great car that was.
The 1975 Cadillacs were likely the peak of "so tacky it's awesome" interiors. The 1975 Sedan de Ville featuring Maharaja cloth in Medium Jasper is perhaps topped only by the flossier Fleetwood Brougham with shirred Monticello velour in Crimson:
This looks like a 70s velvet wallpaper my parents had in the living room. I am picturing me sitting on the couch watching ON TV and this pattern on the wall behind
In the 1980's the Kustom Kemps of America held their show in Holland Michigan. There was a ghastly custom Mercury there that had a fireplace. Worst thing I ever saw. Unfortunately I no longer have the photos.
I saw these on Top Gear, but they are still the most alarming interiors I have ever seen.
Richard’s BMW M3 from the cheap performance sedan challenge. “Toffee and Caramel” colored leather.
Jeremy’s Rover SD1 from the British Leyland challenge. “Plum” colored velour.
and finally James’s Austin Princess also from the British Leyland challenge. Brown velour.
Here’s the Lincoln Mark V Versailles velour interior option on the 1976 to 1979 Lincoln Mark series. The entire interior was covered in velour, all the window garnish moldings, interior panels, seat backs, everything except the dash top and the door armrest pads. It was a very expensive option.
I want one just for those seats! Seriously born in 66 these types of things bring me back to that bold car era where this and alligator and mod vinyl roofs were a thing. I love it!
Interior should be consider as much important as the outside (or design of the vehicle). Because that is where we spend most of our time, when driving of course. Might as well make it special and inviting. I found the Obergine velour color of my ‘86 Saab 900 was very nice👍🏼