The best car interiors of all time

As enthusiasts, we spend admiring the styling of the cars.

We marvel at your shapely Spoiler, drooling over their curved wings and stare at your extra roof panel. But if we were actually in the car for the purpose for which you built, which is not what we see. For every minute that we spend looking at our car’s exterior, we spend hours, perhaps even days, in the interior.

And you don’t have to think hard to know which designer has the more difficult job. Exterior Designer whinge than a about how difficult the job, the cars look cute, while you obey all the latest crash regulations, but they have it easy in comparison with those on the inside. Interiors must not only be safe, but they must also be ergonomically sound, offer good visibility, the information present that is both beautiful and clear space for the occupant in all shapes and sizes, blend of state-of-the-art technology with traditional materials, provide storage space and take a lot of different colors, all the while coaxing and flattery is a bewildering array of materials, from plastic to carbon fibre, past, wood, metal and leather in a kind of harmonious co-existence.

This is our tribute to some of the largest interior spaces and interior, from a wide range of cars from today and yesterday – and only a few of the, often bizarre possibilities, it failed pretty spectacularly, to the mark. The list is nothing like exhaustive, and you may have many ideas of your own. If so, we would hear to love about you. In the meantime, however, welcome to the wonderful world of automotive interiors.


Just like the exterior, the interior is part of the promise, on which the car must provide. An interior is a statement – to treat is an invitation for you legal eagles. In a glance, it tells you what type of driving experience you should expect now. In terms of setting the scene for what is to come, there is nothing more important.

And no car, the set ever, that the scene is better than the Ferrari F40. You are sitting in a carbon fibre-channel and take a look around to detect attempts, is a creature of comfort. You give up soon, because there is no. It is a place to focus on driving and nothing else. Also, the top of the dashboard, only a strip of matte-black felt, all of which are better for killing reflections on the screen.

Not surprisingly, the Rolls-Royce Phantom takes the opposite approach, and you know it from the moment your feet disappear in a forest of sheepskin carpet. Everything looks and feels as if they were designed, not in CFD, the computer wizard, but in a studio of artisans, with pens behind their ears. May it stay that way for long. But there has never been a greater single statement of intent as the McLaren F1, the Central Seating position. Nothing speaks more clearly of the absence of the compromise that went into the car. And if you drive, and understand the benefits, always the same distance from a tip regardless of the road direction, you will know that this is no mere gimmick. It is an idea of the genius of simplicity.

Steering WHEELS

Given that this is the most important interface between man and machine, it is amazing how many car manufacturers still do not understand, what most counts in a decent steering wheel. The idea should not be to see how many buttons you can cram on it – formula-1-cars do so only because they have no dashboards, but a wheel is the perfect diameter, avoiding the temptation to go too small in the mistaken belief it looks cool. It must be covered by a material, feel smooth and soft, yet grippy, and, crucially, the.

My current favorite is the McLaren 675LT, as to the cracks, despite the car’s unusual spec, and there is the temptation, there is promise that keys is all about you, all it does is steer the car. Its rim is Alcantara, whose spokes are made of carbon fiber, its base somewhat flattened, clear the knee a little better. That’s it, and that’s all what it should be.

But the fool in me still falls for a 1970 Ferrari wheel. The Momo design with three simple, silver, drilled spokes, black leather rim, and terminated by a yolk horn with a prancing horse emblem is for me the classic steering wheel, even more so than the wood-rimmed steering wheel with perforated spokes of the Jaguar E-Type. You ask me to name the most beautiful car-the steering wheel there ever was, but, and I would probably go for the Hellebore steering wheel of a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA.


You don’t need to be beautiful. Hidden deep in the rim well, the pedals are only seen by us, if we give up on the search for the hood. But that has not stopped to try some.

And I make no apology for name-checking the F1 as the owner of the largest set of pedals, largely because it is made of titanium, so light that they would float if not tied. As with any aspect of the formula 1 design, the true beauty was achieved by forcing the form of the function”, the strengthening of the promise, the car was like no other on earth.

But I like the Ariel Atom almost as much. Beautifully designed by Tilton, this pedals are positioned so skillfully that you heel and toe down-changes childishly simple to drive, as anyone who has ever tried an Atom is not to say quickly, is not only fun, but a crucial safety device.

To be honest, the pedals of an old Porsche 911 are beautiful, but beaten on the ground, you feel in contrast to those of any other car. Some drivers are just not with you, but those who do click with you, you miss the moment you drive, nothing else.

Finally, the Maserati Bora and the pedals are here not for themselves but for the field in which they are installed; it slides up and down the footwell around meet your feet, rather than the other way. Again, an idea of pure genius, the, been disappointing, rarely (but not never) used.


The space is short, and the selection is almost unlimited, so let’s start with the Lamborghini Aventador. A car that looks like a fighter plane should not really disappoint display information such as a fighter aircraft, and this Lamborghini. Its TFT screen that looks like something out of Star Wars, just missing a set of electronic crosshairs and missile lock alert, to complete the picture.

In the mood for something a little more classic but still modern? The current Range Rover watches are only light TFT-projections, but the way they can be programmed to, only showed the part of the dial by the needle is very clever and pretty cool. Further back in time, the teachings of the Ferrari 288 GTO, with its squared-off digits and bold orange needles, speak brilliantly of their time to do the simple, clean and achingly cool dials, with which the E-Type was born.

But the best instruments of all for their functional beauty and unsurpassed clarity, belong to a very modest BMW, namely, the first 3 series, the E21 of 1975. I was a child, when I saw you for the first time, and I thought they were as good as such things have. More than 40 years later, I’ve seen no reason to change that view.

Gear levers

No excuses for the implementation of even an old Ferrari here, and almost all of the two-seater from the mid-1960s will have to do until the 1990s. That short steel shaft, topped by a simple black ball, scraping their way around a suspended six-position goal… it is almost as symbolic of the world’s most revered sports car manufacturers, such as the howl of its V12 engines.

More accessible, but no less charming, the golf-ball shifter on the early Volkswagen Golf GTI, is a feature that came with the happy side-effect, to grab that it is very pleasant to use. Some would say the same of the push-me-pull-you gear lever, the Citroën 2CV, but those who drove them loved them. The tip also solved, so that small amounts of contraband hidden from prying eyes. At the other end of the spectrum, the shift lever of the Spyker C8. It sits shiny on its own, tremendous beam is exposed to a force link, is the mechanism free. It is so beautiful that it seems almost a shame to use it.


Door handles come in all shapes and sizes. As one of the few parts of a car interior is guaranteed to be looked at and touched frequently, it is no wonder that the Designer really bother with them. But sometimes the best results come from makes no effort at all, as the Ferrari with the F40. A simple string search, a bit like a length of clothesline all you get and all you need is to find the perfect pared-back promise.

We can even am excited by the door, trash can, or, to be precise, a certain door. While others are designed to only the cruder fabric, house, keys, cans of carbonated drink, the of a Lancia Stratos have been shaped to hold a helmet, which is the perfect place to hang your hat between stages.


There were some really terrible interiors and interior details in the course of time. High on the list of the most gruesome of the original Austin Allegro to come. The brown plastic was bad enough, but the square or ‘quartic’ steering wheel was an abomination. Then there is the opaque dashboard of the Citroën GSA. The plan was modern, French and funky. It didn’t work. But it was probably better than the dashboard of the Lancia Trevi. Children reviewers said, it looked like a Swiss cheese, but for me, it seemed to have caught some of the awful dead of disease, the food is slowly making its way through the fascia.

More at Alfa Romeo, and someone thought it was a good idea, the speedometer of the 1975 Alfetta GTV right in the middle of the car where no one could see it. But probably the biggest ergonomic disaster of BMW’s original iDrive system was. With a controller that moves in eight directions, and at first, she didn’t have a home button, it was using inexplicably complex, and entirely annoying. But it has survived and Audi and Mercedes, who were forced to use in the design of their own versions, suggesting that there is nothing wrong with the design, and it was just the execution that was disastrous.