Continental dash

1972 Lincoln dashboard
Canon TLb, 50mm f/1.8 Canon FD S.C.
Kodak Gold 200 (at EI 100)
2018

Notice how the turn-signal and gear-selector stalks have no buttons or switches on them? They do just the one thing each. I can’t remember the last car I owned where that was the case.

This whole dashboard seems so strange now, with its strip speedometer and gauges in individual binnacles, rather than big, round gauges in a pod mounted high. Heck, even gauges are going away, replaced with screens that simulate gauges.

And when was the last time you saw a car with a blue interior? They all seem to be black, gray, or beige now.

As a kid I remember thinking how primitive and strange cars from before World War II were. But now this car is that old to a kid today. What is a modern youngster’s impression of such a machine? Do kids even dream of cars anymore?

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single frame: 1972 Lincoln dashboard

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8 thoughts on “single frame: 1972 Lincoln dashboard

  1. Nancy Stewart says:

    I sure remember cars with interiors like this …. and I liked them very much. Dashboards now have way too much on them. If it has a good radio, I’m happy …. and if they still made them with crank windows, that would be fine too. I know …. old fogey, right ??

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    • I think column shift is still available on a car or two, but it’s rare. But bench seats are gone and will never come back thanks to three-point belts and airbags. The only thing I miss about bench seats is the ability for my wife to slide over and snuggle in on a long trip. But if we were in an accident while like that, it wouldn’t go well for us.

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  2. As an automotive marketing person with nearly 30 years in the seat, I will tell you that millennials are far less interested in cars than we were at that age. I don’t have to tell you that this worries the auto manufacturers very much.

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