Evolution of the car dashboard

Evolution of the car dashboard

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Nothing evokes memories quite like getting behind the wheel of an old car.  I can still vivdly recall the smell and feel of my dad’s old Ford Cortina in the early 70s, whenever it was on the driveway and I sneaked into the driver’s seat.  And of my first car in 1992, a Ford Fietsa (we’ve always bought Ford).  At the age of 21, it was the smell of freedom.



Here is a quick 100 year dash through the evolution of the dashboard.  (Incidentally, did you know that the word ‘dashboard’ originally comes from the barrier of wood or leather at the front of a horse-drawn carriage to protect the driver from being ‘dashed’ by the debris thrown up by the horses’ hooves?)

1900s

Ford Model R - image by secondchancegarage.com
Ford Model R – image by secondchancegarage.com

1910s

Ford Model T - image by Horseless Carriage Club of America
Ford Model T – image by Horseless Carriage Club of America

1920s

Ford Model A - image by views-from-north-cecil.blogspot.co.uk
Ford Model A – image by views-from-north-cecil.blogspot.co.uk

1930s

Ford Model 48 - image by barrett-jackson.com
Ford Model 48 – image by barrett-jackson.com

1940s

1942 Ford Super Deluxe - image from wikimedia
1942 Ford Super Deluxe – image from wikimedia

1950s

1955 Ford Thunderbird - image by classic-car-history.com
1955 Ford Thunderbird – image by classic-car-history.com

1960s

1962 Ford Galaxie - image by cargurus.com
1962 Ford Galaxie – image by cargurus.com

1970s

1975 Ford LTD - image by cars-on-line.com
1975 Ford LTD – image by cars-on-line.com

1980s

1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX - image by grandmarq.net
1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX – image by grandmarq.net

1990s

Ford Crown Victoria
Ford Crown Victoria

2000s

2004 Ford Mondeo - image by carinpicture.com
2004 Ford Mondeo – image by carinpicture.com

2010s

2013 Ford Taurus - image by carinteriorpicture.com
2013 Ford Taurus – image by carinteriorpicture.com

Future?

Mitsubishi's Emirai system

Do you have a favourite era?  Would you prefer the roar of a 1955 T-Bird with ‘Rock around the Clock’ blasting out of the radio and a road map on the back seat?  Or would you rather slip into a climate-controlled 2013 Ford Taurus (Mondeo if you’re European), dock your i-pod, plumb in your sat-nav directions and go quietly on your way?

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