Front bench seats

Front bench seats

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Rotary Madness

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2,285 posts

150 months

Monday 21st June 2010
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I was just thinking, besides a few pickups, i cant think of any cars, especially in the last 20 odd years, that have had front bench seats. I mean theyre not as supportive in corners i know, but if its not a sporty car, id rather have the option of being able to carry an extra person.
Are their any cars/4x4's etc with front bench seats, or am i stuck in the 50's? confused

farrendahl

1,248 posts

138 months

Monday 21st June 2010
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Rotary Madness said:
I was just thinking, besides a few pickups, i cant think of any cars, especially in the last 20 odd years, that have had front bench seats. I mean theyre not as supportive in corners i know, but if its not a sporty car, id rather have the option of being able to carry an extra person.
Are their any cars/4x4's etc with front bench seats, or am i stuck in the 50's? confused
You are stuck in the 50's I'm afraid, the closest you'll get to a three abreast bench (although it isn't) is the Fiat Multiple and the now quietly dropped Honda FRV

Edited by farrendahl on Monday 21st June 21:22

natureboy8891

132 posts

135 months

Monday 21st June 2010
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would you really want 3 full size people sitting in the front of a normal size car? If you want extra people just get a 7 seater.

Rotary Madness

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2,285 posts

150 months

Monday 21st June 2010
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Ah, ok then, looks like ill have to settle for either an older car, or just a change of plans.


It was actually less to do with sitting lots of people in the car, and more to do with having the good lady sat next to me on long drives boxedin

Furyous

19,810 posts

185 months

Monday 21st June 2010
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My old MKIII Cortina auto had a bench seat, I loved it.

eldar

16,093 posts

160 months

Monday 21st June 2010
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Rotary Madness said:
I was just thinking, besides a few pickups, i cant think of any cars, especially in the last 20 odd years, that have had front bench seats. I mean theyre not as supportive in corners i know, but if its not a sporty car, id rather have the option of being able to carry an extra person.
Are their any cars/4x4's etc with front bench seats, or am i stuck in the 50's? confused
And the joys of a column change manual box.

Groober

768 posts

144 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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You can fit 3 in the front of a Fiat Multipla.

lost in espace

5,255 posts

171 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Any Defender or Series III, HTH. biglaugh

ZesPak

22,050 posts

160 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Can you identify this without looking at the link?


BigS

864 posts

137 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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That'll be one of them Matra things

ZesPak

22,050 posts

160 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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BigS said:
That'll be one of them Matra things
yes

Was quite surprised when I sat in one and it had 3 seats!

Munkeyfeet

468 posts

144 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Rotary Madness said:
Ah, ok then, looks like ill have to settle for either an older car, or just a change of plans.


It was actually less to do with sitting lots of people in the car, and more to do with having the good lady sat next to me on long drives boxedin
Bless ya - thats a great thing to admit to on this often too blokey forum.

smile good work

Zod

35,295 posts

222 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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ZesPak said:
BigS said:
That'll be one of them Matra things
yes

Was quite surprised when I sat in one and it had 3 seats!
The only car named after a Jungle Book character - the Bagheera.

Truckosaurus

8,206 posts

248 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Just buy a Caterham or an old Mini, that gets you up-close-and-personal with your passenger.

Ozzie Osmond

21,189 posts

210 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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The much revered McLaren F1 has an even dafter seating arrangement - three across with the driver in the middle (and pushed forward so he can't even communicate with the passengers). LOL

Front bench seat would almost certainly run into passenger protection difficulties under modern crash testing with airbags etc.

Negative Creep

22,892 posts

191 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Ford Falcon had one until about 1994. My current one has a bench seat, with the armrest down I really don't find it a problem. Not a fan of the column shifter though

Ozzie Osmond

21,189 posts

210 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Rotary Madness said:
It was actually less to do with sitting lots of people in the car, and more to do with having the good lady sat next to me on long drives boxedin
I'm always surprised this doesn't get mentioned more in the FWD/RWD/4WD debate!!

slimmyreed

125 posts

140 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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The Americans held onto the bench seat for a while. I remember when I was living in the states my dad had a Buick with a bench seat. This was in the mid 90's. However, you really don't want a Buick, or any yank tank.



So I haven't really been any help tongue out

ZesPak

22,050 posts

160 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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Zod said:
ZesPak said:
BigS said:
That'll be one of them Matra things
yes

Was quite surprised when I sat in one and it had 3 seats!
The only car named after a Jungle Book character - the Bagheera.
iirc the Bagheera was the predecessor to the Murena Matra

ps: the Ka? :P

mrmr96

13,736 posts

168 months

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
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I believe this is quite 'snug' for two people:

Not great for canoodles though.