Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wooden Wheels and Decor

This 1948 Fleetline beauty was not the last Chevrolet adorned in maple, mahogany, or oak. The station wagons of the early Fifties sported wood as well. Just proved impractical for an age becoming indifferent to elegant motoring.

Nonetheless, makers of European sports cars of the 1960s-1980s continued to deck out their instrument panels, steering wheels, and gearbox knobs in wood. Certainly added to the charm and panache and may have been a factor for shoppers deciding between a US or foreign vehicle. Pictured is the interior of a Triumph Spitfire, one of the most admired of the era.

From a model T where wood was employed for practical purposes, for wheels running over the ground and wheels to turn those wheels.

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