What’s On The Inside Always Matters
Photos by Remi Dargegen and David Marvier
Much—perhaps too much—writing about classic cars focuses on exterior styling. Yes, the Ferrari 250 GTO and Jaguar E-Type are lovely creatures to behold, but as an enthusiastic driver, the inside of a car matters far more to me than what’s on the outside.
And the more modern cars get, well, the less I tend to like its interior!
I grew up with—and now own—a ’73 Porsche 914 2.0-litre, which was fitted with just about the most spartan interior Porsche offered that year. It was a great to experience the car as I grew older, and knowing the things that piqued my interest as a child—chiefly the big red defrost lever between the front seats—has given way to things I appreciate as a driver.
Now, I don’t need much more than a 914’s simple seats with little bolstering, simple black dashboard, clear black gauges, a clear view ahead to really enjoy myself when behind the wheel. Its Momo Prototipo steering doesn’t hurt, either.
For cruising, I’m a sucker for old American cars with interiors that exactly matched its exterior paint—and, of course, pretty much any interior fitted to the Citroën DS and SM models.
What’s your favorite car interior, and why?