"If 1960s styling is to be remembered for anything – it must be the ‘individuality’. To modern eyes it must seem extraordinary that if one takes a line-up of mid 60’s cars, possibly every car would be totally different from the other. No Ford could ever be confused with a Hillman, Singer or Vauxhall. Similarly, no Vauxhall could ever be confused with anything else. Unlike today, these differences were not confined to the shape of the grill. How else can you tell an Alfa from an MG from a Kia from a Hyundai today?
Interiors were so different too – not just a sea of slightly differently styled black plastic with aluminium bits added! Some dashboards were still painted steel – with or without vinyl padding; some were wood grain; some were all vinyl; some were a combination – but all in such individual shapes. Many instruments were centrally grouped – whilst some favoured dials ahead of the driver. Some instruments were in a binnacle – others were set in dash panel. Twin tone colour schemes were popular with bright oranges, twin tone blues, white and almost any other colour. Ford’s Zodiac interiors were a riot of colour. The artist’s pallet was never dry!
In the day, enthusiasts could be shown just a three inch section of a dashboard – and they know if it was a Triumph, Vauxhall, Ford or anything else. We could close our eyes and know a car make or model by smell! Try that today!
Dave and Vicky have recently driven five modern hatchbacks – MPV’s or whatever they’re called nowadays. They couldn’t really tell the difference driving them – but one of them boasted better ‘connectivity’ then the others – and the interior lights had more colour options, so they’ve ordered one of those. She thought it was Hyundai but Dave thought it was Kia – anyhow, it was sort of metallic deep red. They pick it up Tuesday."
AROnline Blog : …and so to the 1960s