Most Beautiful Car Interiors

Most Beautiful Car Interiors

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groomi

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9,283 posts

215 months

Monday 2nd February 2009
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OK, some fabulous pictures posted in response to my original post. Now let's move it on a bit...

From what we've looked at what do you think are the essential ingredients for 'beautiful interiors'? Does it have to have wood or leather or metal or intricate dials or toggle switches etc. etc? Does it ave to be all one colour or do two or three colours give a better atmosphere?

What are the specific details and/or features which make an interior special?

RDMcG

16,710 posts

179 months

Monday 2nd February 2009
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I saw this nice simple old Ferrari interior in California a couple of years ago.....

JD

2,254 posts

200 months

Monday 2nd February 2009
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groomi said:
What are the specific details and/or features which make an interior special?
By the looks of things, it has to be either British or Italian!

va1o

15,957 posts

179 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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jackal said:
don't especially like restrained german interiors...
I'm not a fan of the interiors you have posted if I'm honest, but like I said each to their own.

groomi

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9,283 posts

215 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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Los Angeles said:
groomi said:
What are the specific details and/or features which make an interior special?
Good proportion to volume, exact colour harmony, tactile elements that offer visual interest, a feeling of intimacy, high quality of materials, understatement, driver focussed instruments, night illumination ambiance.
JD said:
groomi said:
What are the specific details and/or features which make an interior special?
By the looks of things, it has to be either British or Italian!
Interesting! "High quality materials" and "driver focussed" could easily be found in many/most Germanic interiors - yet these are specifically excluded in JD's comment.

From this can we construe that these are not "essential" requirements for a beautiful interior?

Baggio850

416 posts

205 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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I love Alpina interiors and this B12 5.7 Coupe is one of my faves:











Edited by Baggio850 on Tuesday 3rd February 01:03

jackal

11,240 posts

254 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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va1o said:
jackal said:
don't especially like restrained german interiors...
I'm not a fan of the interiors you have posted if I'm honest, but like I said each to their own.
I haven't actually posted any rofl

greggy50

5,421 posts

163 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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jackal said:
va1o said:
jackal said:
don't especially like restrained german interiors...
I'm not a fan of the interiors you have posted if I'm honest, but like I said each to their own.
I haven't actually posted any rofl
That made me laugh quite loudly then



Edited by greggy50 on Tuesday 3rd February 01:38

Ravell

1,181 posts

184 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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RWA28 said:
Ravell said:
I cant believe the number of BMW interiors posted! I'm a huge fan of BMW's myself and their interiors are deffinitly functional and usualy well designed and can look quite nice, but they just aren't drop dead gorgeous.

IMO the Tuscan deserves a mention for beauty.

Couldn't agree more with this one. Mainly as it's my car!!!!! wink
I'm not bothered but got to ask how you ended up with that pic!! smile
Searched on google images for the best picture and found this: http://www.canadiandriver.com/forum/index.php?topi...

Don1

14,867 posts

180 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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jackal said:
its the reason why i generally dislike TVR interiors
they are over-designed, over-fashioned and contain way too much bullst factor

they do kind of look impressive but in terms of actually owning one, i'd feel a bit embarrased and out of place


Simple, elegant, and very easy to use (when you know how it works). The dash also de-clutters the doors (no door release on the door). I also have to say, it is very well made.

My other TVR dash - ok, so I did the c/f, but it's still simple and functional.

RicksAlfas

11,520 posts

216 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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anonymous said:
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Sorry, don't agree. It may be a fine example of industrial design, and they must have worked really hard to get the plastic wood so shiny, but it's not beautiful. It would be a good entrant into the solid and sturdy thread though!
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900T-R

20,390 posts

229 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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The colours and textures in the middle pic remind me of a German '50s living room. biggrin

taldo50

1,357 posts

166 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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not sure it qualifys as beautifull however i used to have one of these exactly the same and loved every moment i spent in it, i used to look forward to getting into it for a journey, especially when going to scotland to see the mrs's folks.


groomi

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9,283 posts

215 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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taldo50 said:
not sure it qualifys as beautifull however i used to have one of these exactly the same and loved every moment i spent in it, i used to look forward to getting into it for a journey, especially when going to scotland to see the mrs's folks.

Indeed, a nice place to spend time in. Mine had the full wooden dash (where the dials are) and the non-airbag steering wheel which was a bit more elegant.

I preferred the XJ40 interior to my X308 to be honest.

900T-R

20,390 posts

229 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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Does that include brown stains on/in Cobra/F40/Cerbera seats? hehe

bosscerbera

8,188 posts

215 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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G'kar said:
Los Angeles said:
anonymous said:
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But in't a flaw in, or slight lack of, symmetry often percieved as more attractive...?
Asymmetry works when 'visual balance' is achieved - it's one of the more advanced graphic design principles. The 'thirds rule' for composing images - where the point of interest is not central but one-third in/up in the image - is along the same path.

Unless you're sat in the centre, all car interiors are asymmetric. tongue out

sleep envy

62,260 posts

221 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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Timmy2TARs said:
Too many modern cars are too fussy and cluttered. I think the Cerbera has it pretty much nailed - everything is sited for the driver.

rofl

the easy way to contradict yourself one 1 easy step

246 GTS interior, simple - what more do you need?


bosscerbera

8,188 posts

215 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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Los Angeles said:
I'd say the test of a good car interior is, if it is inviting and makes you want to sit in it...
TVR interiors have come in for some stout criticism on this thread but I'd defend the Cerbera cockpit as one of the most inviting/intimate interiors ever produced. It's unconventional for sure but it is an ergonomic masterpiece once you tune into it and let go of the dogma of just about every other interior layout. It works - even window/ICE functions are within finger reach of your gearshift hand - and it was one of the earliest cars to have steering wheel-mounted buttons. I can't fault it, it's one of the - if not THE - best examples of TVR's open-minded creativity. And from experience, everybody wants to sit in it.

By contrast, the Diablo 6.0 interior has the same inviting appeal but ergonomically has faults - passengers lean on the window switches, it's too easy to nudge on the interior lights when reaching for the seatbelt, you can't see the indicator repeaters in sunlight, the main beam light is out of the driver's sight line, the driver has to lean forward to adjust the ICE... But it LOOKS superb and the night-time ambience is peerless. Somehow you learn to work around its faults because it feels worth it.

My other favourite interior is the W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Nothing flashy, just a triumph of function with understated style. Nothing particularly draws your attention, it all just "is". I've driven this interior almost daily for 18 years and never tired of it, it's like a sanctuary. I don't know I'd call it beautiful like the Cerbera/Diablo 6.0 but it's certainly one of the best - better than the W124 to my eyes because it's softer, less angular.

alfabadass

1,850 posts

171 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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Los Angeles said:
alfabadass said:
Simplicity? Looks designed.
Strange you should say that. It was designed. hehe

One of the most orginal contemporary interiors I have ever seen.
Meant over designed and fussy biggrin

Shed_Jensen

128 posts

199 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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Maybe not beautifull, but nicely understated and definately british...





Beats a boggo BMW interior anyway!! smile

Cheers,

Steve