Apr
21
1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

It’s a maxim, a song title, and something your friends might have tried to tell you before a blind date: It’s what’s inside that counts. For a car dealer trying to maneuver a would-be car buyer into a test drive, it’s all about the cabin experience.

But long before a shopper shows up at a dealership, he or she needs to be sold on a given car or truck’s exterior design, which is why few car ads devote much space to images of the vehicle’s interior. There’s a process to selling cars, and in past decades, plush seating was typically lower on the priority list than was sexy sheetmetal.

Still, there were a good number of print ads that focused—at least in part—on cabin finery. We’ve collected a few of those ads here.

Our question for you is: Of the vehicles you’ve driven, which one had the nicest interior? Leave a note in the comments section down below.

Oh, and yes, we did notice that Ricardo Montalban is sitting in a car with velour seats, not Corinthian leather. What gives?

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