TTAC commentator econobiker writes:
Related to my comment here, the Japanese makers were early on this common car interior colors. But when did the US makers kill the goof-ball color combos? Like the white Cornithinan leather seats in a brown interior Cordoba posting the other day.
Porno Red velour. Deep Blue carpets. Green dashboards. I miss them all, son!
The Big Three rolled deep in funky colors well into the 1980s, but things changed in the 1990s. The Chrysler LH cars, for better or worse, ushered a new era of Euro-centric interior colors for American machines: boring grey, black and tan interiors were the norm for these machines. In fact, I only remember some goofy speckled seat fabric as the only splashes of color in 1990s Chrysler products.
GM was a different story: I remember a fair number of orangy-browns in Caddies, dark reds/blues in “bubble” Caprices and Fleetwoods…even the Corvette and certain Chevy trucks were seriously red inside…until their late 90s redesigns.
Ford was even better…or worse. 1990s Lincolns came in some seriously bizarre colors: powder blue, cream (i.e. 100% white), dark blue and even dark green (very rare, for a reason) were on the option list. The 1996 Taurus written about here was probably the last Detroit redesign to sport an odd color palette, including that bizarre dark green color.
Which leads to my answer: the 1997 Taurus’ Willow Green interior was the last insane interior option for a Detroit carmaker.** Crown Vics and Lincoln Town Cars also lost them in 1998, but they were lame ducks this year. The Taurus was still a hot number, hence why I’m singling it out.
Best and Brightest, off to you.
**But wait, the 2002 Ford Thunderbird came in some seriously insane colors, and you can still get some interesting accent colors on Corvettes, but I chose the Taurus to focus on the color palettes of mainstream machines.
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