Video: Crazy Tuning Car Interiors From The 1980s
Everything that is considered cool and sensory today was massive and analog 20-30 years ago. Think antenna telephones, computers with floppy drives, or the interiors of premium cars. Just imagine how the interiors of German sedans of those years looked like in tuning from famous companies like Brabus or Gemballa. There was everything: from discreet "minced meat" to crazy kitsch with champagne and picture tubes. Such tuning does not deserve a dislike for an obvious reason: in the 80s, these improvements were considered well, oh, very cool!
Let's start with the ageless and moderately restrained classics - with the Brabus project based on the "long" S-class in the back of the W140. This office on wheels with an additional panel between the driver's and passenger's compartments is called short and impersonal: 6.9. Among the beauties of the cabin were separate leather chairs with a central partition, folding tables with walnut trim and a bunch of niches that hid heavy and important equipment like faxes, amplifiers and telephones. Typical nineties office: expensive and functional.
In the case of Brabus, it was also required to slightly "speed up" this mobile office. Therefore, under the hood of the S-Class 6.9 there was a V12 engine, bored to volume - that's right! - 6.9 liters and developing 510 horses.
And here is how the Bremen specialists from the Trasco office coped with the interiors of the same S-classes. They lengthened the original sedans by half a meter, achieving royal space for the occupants of the second row, and filled the passenger compartment with partitions, wood, minibars and TV with a personal media system, massive and expensive. By the way, Boris Yeltsin used to love to travel in one of these Trasco-limousines. Quite a logical presidential choice.
Styling Garage from the Hamburg suburbs approached tuning in a familiar way. Flamboyant colors and curvaceous forms were preferred there to classical German restraint. Anything that seemed too square was rounded, and anything that looked boring was added overlays or even lifting doors. It is not surprising that among the company's clients there were Arab sheikhs who were interested in exclusives. One of them was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who immediately ordered 40 tuning Mercedes for the wedding ceremony.
The SGS interior design recipe is relatively simple: the tuners took a top-end Mercedes-Benz or BMW and stuffed the interior with Clarion components. So, above the windshields, there were long ceiling modules with audio equipment, and in the center of the front panel - long before the invention of central screens and MBUX media complexes - blocks with TV and video. Design and conciseness? No, you haven't heard. The main thing is shocking.
Can you expect something like this from prim guys from Bristol? Yes please! The company Glenfrome of Bristol tried for a long time to create their own car, but soon they spat and threw their efforts into finalizing the ready-made models of British brands. Including for clients from the Middle East. This is how the open and elongated Land Rovers were born. But the guys also worked with foreign cars - how do you like the interior of this Pullman Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Solid for the mid-80s?
It's funny, but the famous Gemballa office, which today is associated with carbon fiber and engine boost, went even further in the mid-80s. A good example is the interior of this modified Mercedes-Benz 1001 SEL W126, stuffed with top-of-the-line stereo from Pioneer and decorated with noble metal and leather. Pay attention to the progenitor of modern multifunctional steering wheels with a bunch of buttons, as well as a screen at the level of the passenger's abdomen. Now check out the next photo and be really surprised!
More game? Then check out Benny-S's El Riyadh. In order not to guess whose interior is represented (and disfigured) in this photo, let's open the cards right away - this is the Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL.Connoisseurs of modern buttonless interiors will go crazy twice: from the look and from the number of sliders of each of the Clarion G80 modules embedded in the front panel. By the way, the S-class instrument panel came out quite modern: bright, flat, digital.
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