: Most bizarre/innovative/interesting/cool car features...



I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-12-08, 12:25 AM
Hmmm....can't think of too many off the top of my head right now, it's too late for me, but here's what I've got now though.

Hydropneumatic suspension- Mercedes Benz and Citroen.
Self closing doors/double paned glass- Mercedes Benz
Light monitor system- Cadillac.
Twilight Sentinel/Autronic Eye- Cadillac.

gary88
11-12-08, 12:46 AM
Audi's older talking arrow navigation system :wtf:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/ag_07s4_dirondash.jpg

Sandy
11-12-08, 01:23 AM
Powr Closing Doors was 1st on the top Lexis Sedan.

Imperial's Sure Track Brake system Anti Lok on all 4 wheels with ABS
Imperial's 15-degree swevel front buckets that turned 15% upon opening the door
(driver or passenger).
Avanti's first use of Seat Belts
Infiniti Q45s Air Conditioned Glove Box for drinks & candy bars.
Volvo S80s Rear seat 'Fridge built in behind rear seat arm-rest with
Sweedish Service for 4 (Crystal Wine Glasses) built into a hidden compartment
in th rear seat package shelf, it self chilled.
Audi A8s Alcanteria headliner and hand made & stitch optional inteior
and
Lincoln Town Car's power closing trunk lid, from fully opened position
via key fob or driver side door button

Mustang GTs ability to pick up Foxeye !!!

Aron9000
11-12-08, 02:03 AM
http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Tucker/GilmoreCarMuseumsTucker1047.jpg

The tucker's center headlamp, was linked to the steering linkage and turned to either side. A lot of newer luxury cars have headlights that turn slighty, controlled electronically. I like my old Brougham's simple solution, there is a side marker light that turns on when you hit the turn signal, lights the side of the road a little.

Stainless steel body on a DeLorean

Gulliwing doors on the Delorean and the 50's Mercedes(forgot the model name)

One I really like is the night vision system in the new S class Benzes(I know Cadillac was first with this stuff in the 2000 Deville, but I've never driven one with that feature). On the Benz, the speedo is actually a projected image on a LCD display, you hit the night vision button and the speedo screen projects a black and white military style night vision display.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6DMidknVCo

mighty_quad4
11-12-08, 06:56 AM
The Subaru XT from back in the day had door handles that were fush with the body. You had to push a hinged panel out of the release mechanism's opening to open the door.

the instrument cluster also tilted with the steering wheel.

and my favorite, the hill holder system. if you were on a hill, you pushedthe clutch and the brake in, then let off the brake and the car stayed in place until you left out the clutch. best invention for a stick car EVER.

96Fleetwood
11-12-08, 07:05 AM
I thought Acura (Legend coupe) came up with the self closing doors first in 1991? The Lexus did not get them till the mid 90s, Mercedes had it in 1992 US models.

BMW came up with the power closing/opening trunk in late 2001/early 2002.

Disctronic cruise is a neat option, I didn't think it would be worth it until we bought our Infiniti M45 and took it on several road trips.

Sandy
11-12-08, 09:04 AM
My 1986 Mark 8 had the info that could be put up on the lower part of the windshield. All of my cars, all the way back to my 1968 Imperial Crown Convertible had Cornering Lamps. I think I recall them first being on the 1962 Caddys. However the best one was on the 1982 Imperial, because on that car, when the Headlight Delay OFF was set, then you activated either the right or the left cornering lamp and turned car off. Then that cornering lamp stayed illuminated together with the headlights ! I never had that on any car thereafter. It was good for me because our steps the the house door were on oppisite the SIDE of the car, not in front of the car, and therefore the illuminated side cornering lamp lit up the steps, whereas the headlights lit up the back yard !!:tisk:

The Tony Show
11-12-08, 09:21 AM
My '85 Mazda 626 had oscillating air conditioning vents that swept back and forth on a little motor- it was great because the air was never blowing directly on you for too long. Neat feature.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-12-08, 10:36 AM
My '85 Mazda 626 had oscillating air conditioning vents that swept back and forth on a little motor- it was great because the air was never blowing directly on you for too long. Neat feature.

Ah yeah, I remember that now! I remember those Millenia sedans from the mid '90s having those. And now that I think about it, the Millenias and 929s had that automatic power ventilated sunroof that would come on automatically when it got above a certain temperature on hot days when the car was turned off. I think Infiniti Q45s might have had that too?


I thought Acura (Legend coupe) came up with the self closing doors first in 1991? The Lexus did not get them till the mid 90s, Mercedes had it in 1992 US models.

Yeah, that sounds right. The newly redesigned Legend coupe had 'em in 1991, then M-B introduced them to the US market in 1992 with the W140. I did not know Lexus had those. What cars did they use 'em in and when did they come around?

C&C
11-12-08, 11:14 AM
How about Lexus' self parallel parking; don't know exactly what heading that goes under.

orconn
11-12-08, 11:25 AM
1967 Thunderbirds had the swival seat option ..... seat swivalled toward the door when the door was opened. I remember Chrysler also had it.

The weirdest I ever saw were the charcoal burners, either fitted to the trunk space or on trailers, that powered the cars from the gases produced from the burning charcoal. These were used in, at least Brazil and South Africa during the WWII because of the shortage of gas. In Brazil they have been using sugar cane alcohol instead of gas since the 1950's to power their car.

The various "trafficators" used on European cars for turn signals were kind of neat ........ little lighted arms that swung out from the side of cars to indicate which way your were going to make a turn.

I thought seat belts were first available on 1956 Ford products. Chrysler was first with padded dashoards, in the earl '50s, if my memory serves me correctly.

ryannel2003
11-12-08, 11:32 AM
What about the folding hard top in the early 50's Ford Fairlane?

orconn
11-12-08, 11:35 AM
The Citroen had swivaling headlights in their DS models in the 1950's as well as pneumatic suspension. The pneumatic suspension allowed Citroens to drive on three wheels, or change a tire without a jack. This feature is also credited with saving President De Gaulle's life during an assassination attempt in the 1960's.

Studebaker's "hillholder" for manual transmissions was great back in the early 1950's. Hudsons "stepdown" chassis, which permitted a much lower center of gravity and thus better handling in the early 1950's was also neat.

Jensen and Audi's four wheel drive systems were a step forward in handling for passenger cars.

Cadillac Tony
11-12-08, 11:46 AM
The Studebaker "hillholder" made me think of the Push-Button Electric Parking brake on the new CTS-V. Our tech bulletins have indicated that it can be used as a hill holder when at a traffic light, and automatically disengages when the throttle is pressed to prevent rolling backward when you switch from the brake to the clutch.

Pretty nifty.

EcSTSatic
11-12-08, 01:27 PM
Strange Automotive Ideas (http://strangecarsandthings.blogspot.com/)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_64-ylJYAmDY/SC5eAtG3oZI/AAAAAAAAAFI/Cz2NsNRg8HA/s1600/lrg_gun_ports.jpg

Cadillacboy
11-12-08, 02:13 PM
Night vision
Led mirror turn signals
power foldable picnic tables lol

Night Wolf
11-12-08, 04:16 PM
My 1986 Mark 8 had the info that could be put up on the lower part of the windshield. All of my cars, all the way back to my 1968 Imperial Crown Convertible had Cornering Lamps. I think I recall them first being on the 1962 Caddys. However the best one was on the 1982 Imperial, because on that car, when the Headlight Delay OFF was set, then you activated either the right or the left cornering lamp and turned car off. Then that cornering lamp stayed illuminated together with the headlights ! I never had that on any car thereafter. It was good for me because our steps the the house door were on oppisite the SIDE of the car, not in front of the car, and therefore the illuminated side cornering lamp lit up the steps, whereas the headlights lit up the back yard !!:tisk:

The '96 Town Car does that, set the directional to left or right and that side corning lamp will stay on along with the headlights until they turn off according to what you set autolamp to, the '03 dosen't?

urbanski
11-12-08, 04:30 PM
buttwarmers

Aron9000
11-12-08, 05:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQbHnLSasfQ

I've heard that devices like this in parts of Africa are pretty common. Armed thugs with ak47's will kidnap rich people over there and hold them for ransom.

I've also heard of them putting spring loaded machetes under the rocker panels that would hack off the assailants feet at the ankles.

90Brougham350
11-12-08, 08:09 PM
The '96 Town Car does that, set the directional to left or right and that side corning lamp will stay on along with the headlights until they turn off according to what you set autolamp to, the '03 dosen't?

My '90 Brougham was the same way.

What about heated windshields? Has anyone besides Cadillac ever done that?

Brian

MauiV
11-12-08, 08:22 PM
I liked the air contidioned seats in my Lincoln LS WAYYYY better than the heater option. It was also way more uselful on a tropical Island.

Aron9000
11-12-08, 11:45 PM
My '90 Brougham was the same way.

What about heated windshields? Has anyone besides Cadillac ever done that?

Brian

I've seen land rovers and range rovers with the heated windshield. I've heard that they block radar signals, so you can't use a radar detector.

MauiV
11-13-08, 12:01 AM
I've heard that they block radar signals, so you can't use a radar detector.

When I get the Maggie into boost it is setting off the laser detector on my Escort X50.

Scared the hell out of me the first couple times.

Mailing the detector off tomorrow for a fix.

Jesda
11-13-08, 05:05 AM
Final-generation Mazda 929 (excluding the recent Kia-built 929 Royal Classic) had a solar panel in the sunroof that charged the battery and ran the fan on hot days.

fierodough
11-13-08, 08:30 AM
Final-generation Mazda 929 (excluding the recent Kia-built 929 Royal Classic) had a solar panel in the sunroof that charged the battery and ran the fan on hot days.

Now that is smart! Can't be all that costley neither. (Unless it's from GM, then it would be a 5K option)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-13-08, 10:08 AM
What about heated windshields? Has anyone besides Cadillac ever done that?

I wonder why nobody uses heated windshields anymore?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
11-13-08, 02:56 PM
I wonder why nobody uses heated windshields anymore?

Cause they cost a fortune to fix.


Cool: 1969 Corvette had the removable rear window (only year for it) and a pneumatic cover that hid the windshield wipers when they were off. Turn them on and the cover moves up and forward to reveal them.

Bizarre: Third Gen F-bodies had a deflated spare tire. In the spare tire bay was a can of compressed air and you had to fill up the spare tire before using it.

Innovative/Cool: Rain sensing wipers on the 90's Concours models (I think that was a first).

Interesting: Chad, I remember you telling me about that one Mercedes that had the little plastic pillars in the rear that would extend when you put the car in reverse so you knew where the back end was. Kind of like the markers on the front of semi-trucks but for the rear.

Innovative/Cool: The ability to read Diagnostic Trouble Codes from the Climate Control Center on '85 and up DeVilles.

Innovative: I don't remember who did it first but the company that started putting turn signals in the mirrors are geniuses. It is great when pulling a trailer and there is some moron who insists on sitting right next to you and won't move.

Cool/Innovative: Autodimming rear view mirrors also deserve a mention as they are fantastic.

Cool/Innovative: Ford originally came out with the integrated (factory) trailer brake control system. My Grandfather had an old Ford truck where there was a fifth brake cylinder that was linked to the trailer brake controller. The harder you hit the brake the harder it applied the trailer brakes. Most aftermarket controllers use gyros to detect how rapidly you are slowing down and apply the brakes accordingly, but they are nowhere near as accurate or functional as the original Ford system.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-13-08, 03:01 PM
Interesting: Chad, I remember you telling me about that one Mercedes that had the little plastic pillars in the rear that would extend when you put the car in reverse so you knew where the back end was. Kind of like the markers on the front of semi-trucks but for the rear.

Actually, that's on the body style that I have. They started with that in 1992, but did away with it in 1997 because that's when they started with that Parktronic (sonar) assist system.

MauiV
11-13-08, 03:28 PM
Innovative/Cool: Rain sensing wipers on the 90's Concours models (I think that was a first).

I had a buddy in the late 80's that had a 1986 Nissan 200SX (I think thats it) with some sort of rain sensing wipers. It was a little box with sensor on the top that sat at the base of the windshield and everytime it was hit by a drop the wipers would go.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-13-08, 04:14 PM
I've got that in my car too. It's a little infared (sp?) sensor in the inside rearview mirror. It adjusts the speed of the wipers to the amount of precipitation on the windshield.

Jesda
11-13-08, 09:32 PM
I despise all forms of rainsense. Makes me angry.

Mark0101
11-13-08, 10:52 PM
Memory seats, I love having them.
LED brake lamps are cool too bacause its much faster to turn on so you can brake quicker. I think Devilles were the first.

gdwriter
11-13-08, 11:10 PM
I've come to really appreciate the automatic climate control. It truly is a set-it-and-forget-it system.

I carpool on alternating days in an '88 Honda Civic that has even more miles on it than Cruella. My friend is constantly futzing with the temperature or fan settings and it's often too hot or too cold in the car. When it's my day to drive, I might switch to defog if it's raining, but otherwise, the automatic climate control keeps Cruella's interior comfy. I can't remember when I last changed the fan setting from Auto.

I like the automatic parking brake release, too. I almost always set the parking brake just because I like the automatic release when I put Cruella in gear.

Jesda
11-13-08, 11:33 PM
The best use for automatic climate control, I've discovered, is when traveling long distances. As you climb and descend mountains or drive through a humid swamp, its nice to know that you're going to feel about the same inside no matter what.

Vesicant
11-13-08, 11:44 PM
Bizzare: My 98' Audi A4 has a smaller passenger side rear view mirror as compared to the driver side = Tons o 'blindspots.

Innovative: Volvo S80 heartbeat sensor

Innovative: Audi interior motion sensor

Jesda
11-14-08, 12:21 AM
Dont know if it was already mentioned, but the Lexus LS has an infrared sensor that checks your body temperature at various locations and adjusts each vent accordingly.