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Top 10: Dashboards of the ’80s

Many manufacturers offered extra equipment, more information and a touch of funk when designing new dashboards for the ’80s, with no shortage of weird and wacky interiors as a result. This was a decade of real change – and buyers were ready to embrace it.

All these years later, though, which dashboards of the ’80s count as design classics – or are maybe remembered simply for being bizarre? Let’s check out some of the most memorable dashes from production cars of that particular decade.

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Citroen BX

France’s most idiosyncratic car manufacturer rarely played it safe when it came to dashboard design, as anyone who recalls the space-age look of the CX or the twin-pod design of the Visa will recall. It was therefore reassuring that when the crucial new BX took a bow in 1982, it continued this fine tradition. It might not have been as weird as previous Citroen efforts, but with its lack of stalks, its myriad different angles and its (essential in a Citroen) single-spoke steering wheel, it made the mainstream competition looks dreary by comparison.

Read our Citroen BX review here


   on 5 October 2017

Take a look at the Citroen VISA GTi
One of the best I have ever had
6 dials in all and warning lights

Christopher Baglin    on 4 June 2018

Ah yes, the Fiat Tipo dashboard... used to own a rare Gran Turismo ('warm hatch' variant- although actually it was pretty b***** fast). The dashboard was fairly good in low light, but in the kind of direct sunlight that they get in Italy (and on sunny days here) it was almost impossible to read without cupping your hand over it to provide shade. And the tacho was even harder to read under such circumstances, especially as the Twin-Cam Fiat lump was very free-revving.

At least it didn't actually go wrong, as they are prone to...

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