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2013-10-23 12:23:01 AM
I remember most of those.

I'm glad that they finally realized that analog displays are better for displaying information at a quick glance.
 
2013-10-23 12:53:50 AM
It's not worth the money unless you can play Pong while you're driving.
 
2013-10-23 12:55:43 AM
Digital speedometers suck. I can read the ones in the honda civics from two lanes over.
 
2013-10-23 12:57:25 AM

ElLoco: I remember most of those.

I'm glad that they finally realized that analog displays are better for displaying information at a quick glance.


You can also see the rate of change quite easily.
 
2013-10-23 12:59:24 AM
For some reason I was expecting a bunch of toggle switches.
 
2013-10-23 01:00:21 AM
Far prefer the 1950s Sci-Fi dashboards of American cars for extra awesome Forbidden Planet and This Island Earth vibes.
 
2013-10-23 01:01:10 AM
Hello distracted driving.
 
2013-10-23 01:01:52 AM
Remember when Pontiac decided to duplicate every single button on the radio in the middle of the steering wheel?
 
2013-10-23 01:03:31 AM
As in, this:

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2013-10-23 01:05:45 AM
Too bad they all suck.
 
2013-10-23 01:07:25 AM
Dear God, they're all hideous.  The 80s were an artistic dark age.
 
2013-10-23 01:09:16 AM
The 3rd gen Camaro Berlinetta

A friend of mine had one of those in high school. He got it the day after he put his previous Camaro up on a guard rail. All the red lighting made it feel like being in a submarine.

/his dad was loaded and we didn't know it at the time but he was selling coke out of his adult book store and was later indicted in his involvement with Iran-Contra
 
2013-10-23 01:14:50 AM
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"Ensign, set a course for Seti Alpha Seven. Engage!"
 
2013-10-23 01:16:26 AM
What, no Delorean?

jezzbean.files.wordpress.com

I am disappoint.
 
2013-10-23 01:17:11 AM
Hehe, awesome stuff. Article kinda missed the mark, though, by not also showing the "futuristic" exterior 80's styling of these vehicles (though a few appear in the article's comments). Also glad to see the ol' Audi Coupe GT console made it in there. Those things are notorious for having tons of burned-out LEDs. Finding one in 100% working condition is quite a feat indeed.

My car (VW Jetta Mk2) had a rare digital instrument cluster option in Europe:

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Gotta admit, I don't find it un-sexy.
 
2013-10-23 01:18:21 AM

asynchron: Hehe, awesome stuff. Article kinda missed the mark, though, by not also showing the "futuristic" exterior 80's styling of these vehicles (though a few appear in the article's comments). Also glad to see the ol' Audi Coupe GT console made it in there. Those things are notorious for having tons of burned-out LEDs. Finding one in 100% working condition is quite a feat indeed.

My car (VW Jetta Mk2) had a rare digital instrument cluster option in Europe:

[img20.imageshack.us image 640x480]

Gotta admit, I don't find it un-sexy.


Is that 42 in the lower-right the percentage of fuel remaining in the tank?
 
2013-10-23 01:18:26 AM

bifford: Dear God, they're all hideous.  The 80s were an artistic dark age.


The 80s gave us the Iroc-Z.  Now it wasn't as glorious as the Pontiac Trans-Am 1978 special, but it was very close.  And of course the great Fiero, a good car with a bad rep thanks to a minor flaw.

The 80s has a certain flare.  It was all about extremes and angles.

persh.org

cdn.carthrottle.com

pontiacfiero.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-23 01:19:24 AM
where the hell does "starship" come from?

Better Headline:

Junk from the 80s.
 
2013-10-23 01:21:11 AM
cdn.motorshout.com.s3.amazonaws.com

Forgot this one
 
2013-10-23 01:23:21 AM

Rhino_man: asynchron: Hehe, awesome stuff. Article kinda missed the mark, though, by not also showing the "futuristic" exterior 80's styling of these vehicles (though a few appear in the article's comments). Also glad to see the ol' Audi Coupe GT console made it in there. Those things are notorious for having tons of burned-out LEDs. Finding one in 100% working condition is quite a feat indeed.

My car (VW Jetta Mk2) had a rare digital instrument cluster option in Europe:

[img20.imageshack.us image 640x480]

Gotta admit, I don't find it un-sexy.

Is that 42 in the lower-right the percentage of fuel remaining in the tank?


Either that, or the amount in liters, I forget.
 
2013-10-23 01:24:46 AM

asynchron: Rhino_man: asynchron: Hehe, awesome stuff. Article kinda missed the mark, though, by not also showing the "futuristic" exterior 80's styling of these vehicles (though a few appear in the article's comments). Also glad to see the ol' Audi Coupe GT console made it in there. Those things are notorious for having tons of burned-out LEDs. Finding one in 100% working condition is quite a feat indeed.

My car (VW Jetta Mk2) had a rare digital instrument cluster option in Europe:

[img20.imageshack.us image 640x480]

Gotta admit, I don't find it un-sexy.

Is that 42 in the lower-right the percentage of fuel remaining in the tank?

Either that, or the amount in liters, I forget.


Whatever the case, I hate that less than all the ones from  TFA.
 
2013-10-23 01:26:39 AM
MrEricSir: "Ensign, set a course for Seti Alpha Seven. Engage!"

Did someone say "Engage"?

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Analog speedometer, LCDs on each side. Seems to work.
 
2013-10-23 01:33:21 AM
Whar the holographic heads-up interactive display? Whar?
 
2013-10-23 01:34:35 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-10-23 01:35:59 AM
radar detecting vehicle "unknown" 20 kilometers...
vehicle identity "citroen gsa"
Destroy? [yes no]: Y


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2013-10-23 01:41:50 AM
"so amazingly primitive that they still think digital gauges are a pretty good idea"
 
2013-10-23 01:48:12 AM
"biatchen?"
 
2013-10-23 01:49:40 AM
I'll be damned.  Apparently enough people spelled it that way and it became a thing.
 
2013-10-23 01:52:03 AM
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I don't think there are enough buttons on this steering wheel.
/Moar buttons, MOAR!
 
2013-10-23 01:53:45 AM
Holy Malaise Era cars, Batman!

Digital dashboards, sideburns, and crappy American steel. Those were the days.

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2013-10-23 01:57:29 AM
Some of those gauges were inspired by this

gscentral.net
 
2013-10-23 01:57:46 AM
P.S. That's not a space ship dashboard.

THIS is a space ship dashboard.

cdn.arstechnica.net
 
2013-10-23 02:02:48 AM
Back in the day I owned a 1989 Pontiac 6000STE.  To this day I still feel it had one of the best dashboards.

Full digital dash, numerical speed with a digital tachometer.

The dash digital gauges (gas, oil, temperature, oil pressure) were so accurate that if my oil pressure dropped a single bar I knew I was between a 1/4 to 1/2 quart low on oil.  There was idiot lights under the digital gages that would light up if something got really out of control.

I wish I could find better pictures on line....  (this is supposed to be the 1982 dash, they had improved the steering wheel design by 1989, better looking radio and cruise controls.)

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If anything needed attention (such as a trail light going out) it was noted on this section of the dash.   You could also program it to remind you for routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups.

img.photobucket.com

I miss the layout and design of that dash.  Wishing my current car had something the matched it.
 
2013-10-23 02:06:37 AM
omnivorenz.files.wordpress.com

HERE'S a spaceship dashboard!

So impractical but I have to admit it was fun to watch.
 
2013-10-23 02:09:21 AM
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Want!!!
/Why yes I am yearning for my days as a 7-10 year old but I DON'T CARE
 
2013-10-23 02:13:04 AM

bifford: Dear God, they're all hideous.  The 80s were an artistic dark age.


Whatchoo talkin bout bifford?

scattergather.razorfish.com
 
2013-10-23 02:13:56 AM

ElLoco: I remember most of those.

I'm glad that they finally realized that analog displays are better for displaying information at a quick glance.


I hear that a lot but not sure if it's just wisdom of the crowd or fact. Anecdotally, I drive in a Porsche that has both analog and digital speed readouts and my eyes naturally gravitate to the number. Could it be a Gen X vs old school thing?
 
2013-10-23 02:22:59 AM
I'm fortunate enough to have owned 2 of them.  The Corvette with the Atari dash and the 1987 Trans Am...although I thought my Trans Am was an 88.
 
2013-10-23 02:26:58 AM
And, the award for Unsafest Car to Drive Ever Made goes to:
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Steering wheel / driver's seat in the middle? Guess it sucks equally well in Europe and the USA! And just how the heck are you supposed to see where you're going? And is that HAL-9000 staring straight at the driver!?
 
2013-10-23 02:34:12 AM

Representative of the unwashed masses: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x427]

Want!!!
/Why yes I am yearning for my days as a 7-10 year old but I DON'T CARE


And I considered the inclusion of KITT to be a cheat...most of the other cars were either production  or concept, meaning some car manufacturer built them in all seriousness, for the civilian market.

KITT is a fictional car built for a supercop.  It gets to play by different rules.  Not that it even needs all those buttons and screens, since it has an ONBOARD ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE that can drive the car just fine, with our without the Hoff in the seat.
 
2013-10-23 02:39:32 AM
Little known fact: the nickname "Starship Camaro" comes from the fact that every one came with a cassette single of "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" stuck in the tape deck.
 
2013-10-23 02:43:34 AM

tiiger: bifford: Dear God, they're all hideous.  The 80s were an artistic dark age.

The 80s gave us the Iroc-Z.  Now it wasn't as glorious as the Pontiac Trans-Am 1978 special, but it was very close.  And of course the great Fiero, a good car with a bad rep thanks to a minor flaw.

The 80s has a certain flare.  It was all about extremes and angles.


When the minor flaw involves the engine catching on fire, it tends to be something that damages the brand. Also, everyone I knew who owned a Fiero always had it in the shop (luckily one of them was a shade tree mechanic so it didn't bankrupt him).
 
2013-10-23 02:45:22 AM

doosh: ElLoco: I remember most of those.  I'm glad that they finally realized that analog displays are better for displaying information at a quick glance.  I hear that a lot but not sure if it's just wisdom of the crowd or fact. Anecdotally, I drive in a Porsche that has both analog and digital speed readouts and my eyes naturally gravitate to the number. Could it be a Gen X vs old school thing?


If you're talking about the 981 cars, yes, the digital speedo is quite nice, and the round LCD to the right of it is just awesome.  The analog speedo on the left side is a total waste of space.  I can't believe they didn't put that space to better use with some temp/oil pressure gauges.

Digital speedometers in the 80s sucked because they were only updated a few times per second.  I've never been in a C4 'Vette but I've heard they were almost intolerable.
 
2013-10-23 02:53:50 AM
I stopped when I saw they couldn't spell "biatchin'" right.
 
2013-10-23 02:55:43 AM
I love the look of these old dashboards.  I've been putting together an homage to the 80's digital dash for my own 80's resto-mod Mazda.  Getting the screen to work off nothing more than a CAN BUS transceiver, an Atmel 328p, and a tiny video output controller has been difficult.  It's almost done; I had some pretty crazy 80's inspired designs in my head, but I ended up with just a digital-style font and monochrome color scheme (I am not much of an artist).

satc.net

I could just got buy one, of course: http://www.lms-efi.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=34
But that's not much fun.  Besides, mine has a touchscreen that can do, uh... Things.
 
2013-10-23 03:01:43 AM

JeffreyScott: Back in the day I owned a 1989 Pontiac 6000STE.  To this day I still feel it had one of the best dashboards.

Full digital dash, numerical speed with a digital tachometer.

The dash digital gauges (gas, oil, temperature, oil pressure) were so accurate that if my oil pressure dropped a single bar I knew I was between a 1/4 to 1/2 quart low on oil.  There was idiot lights under the digital gages that would light up if something got really out of control.

I wish I could find better pictures on line....  (this is supposed to be the 1982 dash, they had improved the steering wheel design by 1989, better looking radio and cruise controls.)

[img.photobucket.com image 424x230]

[i181.photobucket.com image 850x637]

If anything needed attention (such as a trail light going out) it was noted on this section of the dash.   You could also program it to remind you for routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups.

[img.photobucket.com image 500x291]

I miss the layout and design of that dash.  Wishing my current car had something the matched it.


Came here to mention the Pontiac STE and the Fiero. My dad was a GM at a Pontiac/Nissan dealership as I was growing up, I had a blast and road in several awesome cars.  When I was 16,  he called me to deliver a car to the track, it was the Pace Car.  I obviously didnt follow him and turned on the overhead lights.  Awesome time.  I believe this is why I have such a love for cars today.
 
2013-10-23 03:07:36 AM
The year given for the old Imperial dashboard is wrong, I'm pretty sure. I know those pie-plate gauges were not 1956. I believe you'll find that's from a 1960.

Furthermore, the 1961 Chrysler had an "astradome" dash that was to die for, much more spaceshippy than the Imperial dash.
 
2013-10-23 03:07:59 AM

Relatively Obscure: I'll be damned.  Apparently enough people spelled it that way and it became a thing is still incorrect.

 
2013-10-23 03:17:12 AM
I know a guy who has a climate/dust controlled hanger/warehouse building that he keeps all his badass cars in. One of the cars he has in there is an Aston Martin Lagonda. He showed me a warning sticker that was under the hood (for whatever reason) that said, "At speeds in excess of 180mph, it is recommended that all eight headlamps be burning even in daylight." I thought that was pretty funny. He told me he had no idea if it could really go that fast.

My favorite of his cars is his Ferrari 308.
 
2013-10-23 03:19:54 AM
I never saw it with the pop-up headlamps up though...

Probably a good thing, because that is hideous:

www.secondchancegarage.com

Also looks like it would really screw with the aerodynamics at high speed.
 
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