: Classics Have Different Approaches for Gear Selector

08-30-10, 05:30 AM
I didn't realize old Classics came with different gear shifting pattern .
So, by default you know it's like P R N D 3 2 or P R N D
However, I looked at interior for this Cadillac and noticed it was way different than usual


In case you wanna know what model it was I am keeping it discreet , '58 Coupe De Ville

08-30-10, 08:17 AM
Shift patterns were governed by the transmission valve body design.

08-30-10, 12:28 PM
I seem to remember that the standard PRNDL we are used to was government mandated...

08-30-10, 02:04 PM
I dunno why the shift partern is like that...but I want that interior in every car! I love that

08-30-10, 02:35 PM
They got away from the odd arrangements to make it less likely to accidentally shift into reverse. Also, I don't think those old transmissions had any type of limit/inhibit valve to prevent them from being shifted into reverse while going forward.

08-30-10, 03:30 PM
I think having reverse at the end is a holdover from the days of manual transmissions, when reverse was the very last gear position in the gear throw pattern. Cadillac didn't adopt automatic transmissions as standard equiptment until 1953, though they'd been available as an option since 1941. Even by 1958, an automatic transmission was still an option on most cars.

09-01-10, 04:14 AM
I think it was more the way the transmissions were designed then anything else. Other cars at the same time had the normal setup.