Not all car enthusiasts are fixated on what’s under the hood. Sure, horsepower and torque are highly important, but what’s the drive really like without a comfortable interior? Classic cars have some of the highest quality interiors to date, which is why we continually look forward to highlighting these one-of-a-kind models.
Scroll through our brief list of the best classic car interiors:
1953 C1 Corvette
Nothing quite screams Americana like a Chevrolet Corvette. The 1953 model, known as the C1, has become the envy of car enthusiasts nationwide. Dubbed by many as the “dream car”, the C1 plays at the hearts of classic car collectors for a number of reasons. One: it was completely made of fiberglass. Two: that iconic red and white interior. The 1953 Corvette’s dashboard was also unique, with chrome accent gauges and seats that fully integrate into the rear deck.
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic
When you think of Bugatti, you immediately think supercar. From its early years in production, the Bugatti namesake delivered unprecedented performance that attracted action seekers and luxury buyers alike. Though this classic car has evolved significantly in the last century, the 1934 model delivered a level of elegance that car enthusiasts just can’t get enough of. The original interior boosts sumptuous saddle-tan leather seats and a genuine wood dashboard that exudes sophistication.
1963 Mercedes 600
The Mercedes 600 is the epitome of a luxury classic car. It sports the iconic three pointed star hood ornament and elongated body shape of 60s models, however, the real luxury exists within the interior cabin. This highly-priced and well cherished model has features including a mini-refrigerator, TV, and carpet flooring. On top of that, the seats are furnished in quality leather with wood accents throughout. Basically, this classic car is a full blown living space on wheels.
1953 Citroën DS
Among a long list of classic cars, the 1953 Citroën DS is truly one of a kind. It’s most notable interior feature includes the single-spoke steering wheel. At the time, no other model delivered quite a futuristic design both on the interior and exterior of a car. It was over a decade in the making, which showed by its exquisite attention to detail. It even broke sales records upon its initial release and held onto that extraordinary achievement until the Tesla Model 3 took its place. Today, car collectors still go crazy for the DS’ unique design and legendary stake on the automotive market. Plus, its super plush interior seating makes the drive always enjoyable.
Everything comes back into fashion
Automakers are always looking for ways to innovate. And sometimes, that even means taking inspiration from the past. Just look at Citroën bringing back its acclaimed single-spoke steering wheel in recent years.
— Citroën (@Citroen) November 22, 2016
Perhaps one of the things we love most about classic cars are their unparalleled quality. What we would give to have genuine wood dashboards again or real leather seating. As the automotive world has somewhat standardized, we’ve begun to lose those craftsmanship interior touches that make a certain model stand out from the rest. The good news is — we still have classic cars to look back on, giving us plenty of reason to smile.
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