: Coolest interior award



I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-02-06, 01:28 AM
The "best dashboard" thread was such a good idea, I decided to do a spin off of it, the "best interior" thread. Which car do you think has the best overall interior and why?

Nominees are unlimited.

1980-92 Brougham D'Elegance:
http://www.cadillacforums.com/cadillac/fleetwood/87brodint.jpg
It's grand old school american comfort. Extremely plush seats, tons of chrome, wood trim, and everywhere it reminds you its a Cadillac!

1993 Sixty Special
http://www.cadillacforums.com/cadillac/fleetwood/9360sint.jpg
See above, but to a lesser extent

1998-2002 Lincoln Continental:
http://photos.ebizautos.com/4120/826377_8.jpg
Looks so warm and inviting, the seats look soooo supple and soft.

1996-98 Mark VIII (LSC pictured)
http://carad.ebayimg.com/i16/02/a/06/02/b5/2d_4.JPG
While it may not have the highest quality materials or most color, I really think it's neat how its feels like a cockpit. The Console is shifted towards the driver.

2004-2006 Audi A8L (W12 Pictured)
http://photos.ebizautos.com/4815/895652_37.jpg
Very handsome, high quality interior done in the typical somewhat sterile german way.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-02-06, 02:11 AM
I think these are really neat too,

1974 Imperial Lebaron Sedan.
http://www.imperialclub.com/Yr/1974/74Brown/07.jpg
Wanna cruise?

gothicaleigh
03-02-06, 11:32 AM
You guys are pansies riding around on your little pillows. This is coolest interior, not most comfortable.
Give me leather recaros, a driver oriented cant to the console, easy to read gauges, and a useful OBC.

Something like the e30 but with better materials and maybe a touch of luxury:
http://www.bmwmregistry.com/faq/E30_M3_dash_late.jpg




Now that I think about it, below is probably what I just described:

http://manusnigrum.com/images/CTS06interior.gif

http://manusnigrum.com/images/CTS06interior2.gif



I know it gets picked on around here, but the CTS interior perfectly complements the design of the car,
everything is ergonomically placed and positioned, and has just enough luxury without letting you forget that it's a sport sedan.

A material change here, a bit of bolstering in the seats there and it would be the perfect meld of sport and luxury.

:stirpot:




Yeah, I'm just trying to stir up trouble... hehehe

gothicaleigh
03-02-06, 11:37 AM
Another thing...
I'm running at 1280x1024 and still have to H-scroll. Sheesh.
We don't need lifesize murals. Image resize please. :p

Adam
03-02-06, 12:37 PM
Now that I think about it, below is probably what I just described:

http://manusnigrum.com/images/CTS06interior.gif

http://manusnigrum.com/images/CTS06interior2.gif



I know it gets picked on around here, but the CTS interior perfectly complements the design of the car,
everything is ergonomically placed and positioned, and has just enough luxury without letting you forget that it's a sport sedan.

A material change here, a bit of bolstering in the seats there and it would be the perfect meld of sport and luxury.

:stirpot:




Yeah, I'm just trying to stir up trouble... hehehe

:yeah: i agree! ok so that is 2 votes for the CTS... Goth we are ahead!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-02-06, 01:38 PM
Another thing...
I'm running at 1280x1024 and still have to H-scroll. Sheesh.
We don't need lifesize murals. Image resize please. :p

I tried to resize, but I couldnt figure out how to do it...

BMW does make some nice interiors. I really like the one in the E38 7 Series. For a german car, its very warm and inviting, and still very clean cut and business like. Thats one of the things I really like about the german cars. Everything is there for a reason, and everything has its purpose.

mccombie_5
03-02-06, 02:55 PM
VW Phaeton, Rolls Royce Phantom, Bentley Arnage, Jaguar XJR (red leather) and the Bentley Continental GT.

Also, Alfa Romeos.

Elvis
03-02-06, 04:15 PM
http://www.lincoln.com/navigator/img/main_int_1.jpg

JC316
03-02-06, 08:21 PM
78 Cadillac Eldorado. Hands down the BEST interior EVER.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-02-06, 08:36 PM
78 Cadillac Eldorado. Hands down the BEST interior EVER.

http://i6.ebayimg.com/05/i/06/4e/63/4d_12.JPG

Ah yes, great pimptastic interior! I've sat in one once, you just siiiiiiiiink in and dont ever wanna get out. I think it's just a regular eldorado's seat with an additional 4" of padding.

JC316
03-02-06, 11:38 PM
My lazy boy recliner is less comfortable than the seats in my 78 Eldo. I thought about pulling them out and setting them in the living room instead of getting new furniture. On top of the comfort, it has the same features that my 90 Towncar has.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-03-06, 12:15 AM
You have a '78 Eldorado?

gdwriter
03-03-06, 03:24 AM
I resisted the temptation to nominate Betty for the coolest dashboard award, even though I like it a lot. Compared to some of the wacky designs from the era, it's clean, simple and logical. And I love the big steering wheel with the Impala emblem and the chrome horn ring:

http://www.gdwriter.com/graphics/tach_tissue/images/DSC08917.jpg

But I think what really makes Betty's interior cool are the seats. I love the upholstery design Chevrolet used for the '64 Impalas. It has such a cool, psychedelic sixties look:

http://www.gdwriter.com/graphics/interior/images/P3100033.jpg

I'm so glad I was able to restore Betty's interior with the original-style upholstery.

http://www.gdwriter.com/graphics/interior/images/P3100026.jpg

And for Chad's benefit, here's a '73 Lincoln Continental Mark IV with a Whorehouse Red interior of crushed velour:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/Mark_IV.jpg

Belle Watling, your car is ready...(points to the first person who can identify Belle Watling).

Sandy
03-03-06, 10:04 AM
I like the pictured Sixty Special Interior. It looks llike it's "Gone with the wind"
if you get my drift.......

noahsdad
03-03-06, 11:49 AM
I've yet to see anyone match the 1960s and early 70s Thunderbird interiors.

http://affordableclassicsinc.com/images/64Tbird/1964%20Thunderbird%20Rear%20Seat.JPG

Those curved back seats, molded rear shelf, and full length consoles made you feel like you were in a cross between a fighter jet and Dean Martin's living room.

gdwriter
03-03-06, 02:22 PM
It looks llike it's "Gone with the Wind" if you get my drift.......

Points to Sandy for correctly identifying Rhett Butler's, um, friend.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-03-06, 05:19 PM
I've yet to see anyone match the 1960s and early 70s Thunderbird interiors.

http://affordableclassicsinc.com/images/64Tbird/1964%20Thunderbird%20Rear%20Seat.JPG

Those curved back seats, molded rear shelf, and full length consoles made you feel like you were in a cross between a fighter jet and Dean Martin's living room.

Ah yeah, I believe my uncle had a 69 T-Bird four door landau sedan with the 390 and he had the curved rear seats also....We're those seats very comfortable?

gdwriter
03-03-06, 06:24 PM
Here's another blast from the past, not quite as guady as the Mark IV, but still a testament to the Disco era in all its wretched excess. A '76 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham:

http://www.toronado.org/Images/76geo.gif

mccombie_5
03-03-06, 06:31 PM
I noticed that a few cars from the 70s used the term "Brougham" in their name, but non specific to manufaturers, what does it mean?

gdwriter
03-03-06, 06:42 PM
"Brougham" was typically used to denote the top-of-the-line model. I think every Oldsmobile model at one time used it (leading to some very long model names like Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham), but so did Cadillac, Ford, Mercury and a few others. Other equivalent names include Limited (Buick), Landau (Chevrolet, Ford) and Grand (Mercury, Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth).

I'm just a wealth of useless automotive knowledge.

mccombie_5
03-03-06, 06:45 PM
"Brougham" was typically used to denote the top-of-the-line model. I think every Oldsmobile model at one time used it (leading to some very long model names like Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham), but so did Cadillac, Ford, Mercury and a few others. Other equivalent names include Limited (Buick), Landau (Chevrolet, Ford) and Grand (Mercury, Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth).

I'm just a wealth of useless automotive knowledge.


I didnt think it sat in the same category as Grand and Limited etc, well maybe it does...

noahsdad
03-03-06, 11:03 PM
"Brougham," like "Sedan" and "Coupe" go back to the horse and buggy days, each used to describe a different style of carriage. Actually Broughams were a light closed carriage for two or four passengers, not necessarily ornate. The source of the name was a Scotsman named Henry Peter Brougham, presumably the inventor of the style.

American manufacturers grabbed the name because it sounded classy and European. Because it was a surname, it couldn't be copyrighted, and therefore was used rather indiscriminately, usually to describe a trim level that was a cut above the norm.

noahsdad
03-03-06, 11:09 PM
Lord, now I'm spouting useless drivel...

gdwriter, do you suppose it's something about being in advertising that makes us all start droning like Cliff Clavin?

gdwriter
03-03-06, 11:17 PM
gdwriter, do you suppose it's something about being in advertising that makes us all start droning like Cliff Clavin?

I don't know Cliffie. I just know I should have another beer!

JC316
03-04-06, 01:26 AM
You have a '78 Eldorado?

Yeah, I have a 78 Eldorado Barritz. It's triple white and it's in need of some work, but it can be a daily driver. I was driving it until gas went to $2.00 a gallon, the 425 is not very forgiving.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-04-06, 02:29 AM
Yeah, I have a 78 Eldorado Barritz. It's triple white and it's in need of some work, but it can be a daily driver. I was driving it until gas went to $2.00 a gallon, the 425 is not very forgiving.

Triple white '78 Eldorado Biarritz! Sweet Jesus thats awesome! What a pimpmobile! What does that get for mileage?! Like 9-10?

JC316
03-04-06, 03:43 PM
Yeah, it gets around 10-12. It's still better than a Ford Expedition, but man thats just too rough. It needs some front end work and an accelerator pump, but it is drivable. Unfortunatly, it does have the Eldorado cancer. The drivers side quarter panel, where the drainage tubes go, has some rust. I will eventually get around to fixing it up, after I get my '51 Fleetwood 4.6 DOHC resto mod running good. I was driving it to the local high school tennis courts, alot of people were impressed with it. I am attaching a pic of it, I think I will go plop a battery in it and take it for a spin.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-04-06, 04:21 PM
Yeah that looks pretty nice, not too much rust, but its nice :)

What an interior though! God what awesome seats!

I've always thought the Eldorado Biarritz was more of a pimpmobile than the Mark IV or V.

JC316
03-04-06, 05:16 PM
You can barely see the rust in the picture, it's just below the top. It's very fixable, not near as bad as some that I have seen. I just drove it down to get some gas in it and I got an offer on it while pumping the gas! $10.00 got me 1/4 of a tank. On the way back, I put the pedal to the floor and I saw literaly saw the gas gauge go down a little bit:alchi:.

Lord Cadillac
03-04-06, 07:24 PM
Rolls Royce Phantom of Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman. :)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-04-06, 07:31 PM
On the way back, I put the pedal to the floor and I saw literaly saw the gas gauge go down a little bit:alchi:.

LOL yeah I know, literally! When I floor it in my friend's '96 Ciera, the gas guage jumps up!

How is the performance in that thing? It's got a good deal of torque (320), but not much horsepower (180 or 195) is it fairly quick at all?

The '78 Toronado I drove a couple of years ago had the 403 with almost the same numbers as the 425, and that had pretty good power around town, and it wasnt bad on the freeway either for its weight.

JC316
03-05-06, 04:36 AM
It will squall the tires and give some good pulling power if you stomp it from a stop, once I get past the accellerator pump issue that is:rant2: . From a 45-50 MPH roll, it's SLOW. Above 55, man watch out, because the thing will fly, it SMOKED my 88 Silverado with the 350 and 3.73's. If it had steeper gearing up front, if could be deadly. Basicly, it the standard GM 1-2 has all the power, 2nd dosen't have much, and 3rd is SLOW.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-05-06, 10:56 AM
Cool, I remember reading an article about the '71 Eldorado and Mark III, and it said their acceleration on the freeway was akin to a swift kick from a mule! Now the '71 is going to be a bit quicker because of the big torque and horsepower difference from 71 to 78 (235hp and 385 lb/ft in 1971 v. 180hp and 320 lb/ft in 1978) but it's the same feeling.

So you said it's decent around town, and from around a 45-50 roll its slow, but if you nail it at 55 or more, it flies?

JC316
03-05-06, 03:26 PM
So you said it's decent around town, and from around a 45-50 roll its slow, but if you nail it at 55 or more, it flies?

Bingo. It's no Northstar by any means, but it can hold it's own. It's quicker than my moms 90 Towncar with the 5.0.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-05-06, 03:35 PM
Yeah, funny how thats similar to my deVille. Around town it's kickass (1st gear is very powerful!) but if you punch it anywhere from about 45-55 or so its not nearly as good as 1st gear (bottom of 2nd is not in the good part of the torque band) and from about 60-70, its got pretty good power, but as soon as 3rd gear hits at 74, you're losing a lot of acceleration power!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-05-06, 03:43 PM
I have a book of old Eldorado road tests and magazine articles, while I do not have an article in there for any 1977-78 Eldorados, I have one for the '75 Coupe.

0-60: 10.9 seconds
1/4 mile: 17.60 @ 78.19 MPH
40-60 MPH: 5.8 seconds
50-70 MPH: 7.6 seconds

Out of the Eldorado, Mark IV, and Imperial Lebaron Coupe, the Eldo was the quickest to 60, 2nd fastest 1/4 mile (.04 seconds slower than Mark IV) and it averaged 14.39 MPG.