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#5 of 24 A couple others...
Sep 16, 2012 (3:10 pm)
One dashboard that popped back into my mind, that I almost forgot about, was the '75-76 LeSabre/Electra/Riviera. It was very minimal, only a speedo and a fuel gauge, but I thought it had a sleek, futuristic-in-a-70's-sort-of-way look to it.
Mopar's '77+ M-body Diplomat/LeBaron (and later Gran Fury and New Yorker/5th Ave) also had a nice dash design. It had sort of a driver-oriented cockpit shape, reminscent of the '73-87 GM pickups, and came standard with a temp and amp gauge. I don't know if you could get a factory oil pressure gauge, but the '89 Gran Fury copcar I had had an aftermarket one mounted low on the driver's side, away from the normal gauge cluster.
One down side to the M-body dash though, was that if you got a clock, it actually took away a chunk of the glovebox space! In later years, with digital radios that had the clock built in, that was no longer a problem.
#6 of 24 Re: Best '70's domestic instrument panel [uplanderguy]
Sep 16, 2012 (7:53 pm)
I like the Pontiac IPs from that era too. In the 80s a girlfriend of mine drove a '72 Riviera with the engine turned dash like this one. Not much instrumentation compared to the Pontiac, but still it seemed to fit the glam rock style of a boattail Riviera back then.
#7 of 24 1971 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
Sep 19, 2012 (6:20 am)
The 1971 Olds Ninety-Eight had a pretty neat instrument panel:
#8 of 24 Re: 1971 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight [lemko]
Sep 19, 2012 (7:05 am)
Those wrap around IP's were a short lived thing. I wonder of it was cost or problems that led to their quick disappearance? I thought they were kind of neat myself.
#9 of 24 Re: 1971 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight [lemko]
Sep 19, 2012 (7:25 am)
Having the climate controls on the left is kind of odd, the front seat passenger (spouse) often likes to change them. Maybe that helped get rid of this arrangement.
#10 of 24 Re: 1971 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight [texases]
Sep 19, 2012 (3:56 pm)
Those are all good panels! I'll have to see if I can find a pic to post, but I like the '71 Cadillac deVille panel, with brushed metal panels. Nobody else must have liked it much, because before the end of the year they had fake woodgrain panels!
Sep 19, 2012 (4:12 pm)
The 70s car I have the brightest memory of in my family had an uninspiring instrument panel:
(gigantor 72-76 T-Bird). I still remember that frowny steering wheel shape. I bet the silver things on the hubs are cruise control actuators, too, I remember those vividly, they were like rocker switches.
When my dad had a 60 Ford, he put a 9" rear end in it out of a 70-71 Ford that was being parted, I remember that car had the wraparound style dash too.
#12 of 24 Re: . [fintail]
Sep 19, 2012 (5:52 pm)
Ford IP's tended to seem chintzy to me.