Want to Start Your Auto Detailing Career? Here's a Few of History's More Interesting Auto Interiors
Cars today have a reputation for interiors that typically trend towards monotone colours and simplified design. This means that people usually underestimate the appearance of the interior of a vehicle, and their attention is instead drawn to what the vehicle looks like on the outside.
Vehicle interiors, however, have a history of being anything but boring. From wild pop prints in the 1960s to leather stitching and even tartan plaid, the cars of yesteryear had a proclivity for being just as loud and eye-catching on the inside as they were on the outside.
If you’re interested in becoming an automotive detailer, read on to discover some of the crazier car interiors you don’t want to overlook.
Auto Detailers Can Take a Trip Back in Time with Mopar’s Pop Prints
The 1960’s and 70’s are widely known for featuring bright psychedelic flower-power prints, and Mopar’s interior products were perfectly aligned with the times, especially when it came to its Mod Interior.
The Mopar Mod Interior was available in yellow, blue, and green, and was only found in a handful of models such as the Plymouth Barracuda, Plymouth Satellite, Dodge Dart, Coronet, and Super Bee between 1969 and 1970. The seat coverings inside featured a floral or paisley pattern, and the wild designs and bright colours even extended to the matching vinyl top. Although the Mod Interior had a limited run—and perhaps even because of it—the Mopar Pop Prints are still some of the most unique and sought-after parts around to this day.
The Signature Seats of the Ferrari Daytona Continue to Stand Out
Ferrari is known for pushing the limit and creating cars that have a distinct look. That includes car interiors, something that you will be intimately familiar with after auto detailing training.
In the late 1960’s, Ferrari needed a car that challenged the Lamborghini Miura, and crafted the 365 GTB/4. It’s also known as the ‘Daytona’ due to its first, second, and third-place performance in the famous Florida race in 1967. The interior of the Daytona featured Connolly Vaumol leather-clad sport seats that quickly became a Ferrari feature design in other models.
These seats were stitched with short, lateral pieces of leather in alternating colours, with every other strip coloured black and perforated by three holes. This gave the interior of the Daytona a distinct, racetrack-inspired aesthetic, and was quickly adopted to become a signature look in Ferrari’s vehicles. Although the design has changed over the past fifty years, Ferrari has offered the Daytona’s alternating colours and perforated seats on models such as the 512 BB, 288 GTO, and even more contemporary models like the 360 and F430.
You May See Some of Volkswagen’s Clark Plaid in Your Auto Detailing Career
If you ever come across a VW Golf GTI during your auto detailing career, the first thing you’ll notice when you open the doors will likely be the tartan plaid—or plaid-inspired—seats. This design has been a fixture since the Mk1 GTI, and was inspired in part by various popular plaid designs in Great Britain, which lend a certain air of refined sportiness to the Golf.
The practical but attention-grabbing tartan pattern would eventually become known as ‘Clark Plaid’, and would be featured prominently in VW models such as the Mk5 GTI, the Mk6, and Mk7 Golf. Clark Plaid proved to be so popular, in fact, that different interpretations of the design also became available in GTD and GTE models.
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