Dashboard Design Disasters

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Car interiors should be simple, sleek, and not distracting but that hasn’t stopped some vehicle manufacturers from developing some pretty out there and often absurd dashboards.

Starting with humble beginnings from the days of the horse and carriage, the modern day dashboard has evolved into something far more complex than something to protect the passengers from mud splatters.

With a barrage of information available at hand from a multitude of switches, buttons and readouts, we look at some of the more ridiculous dashboard designs that have been conceptualized and created.

Here are the top 10 vehicles with dashboard design disasters:


  1. 1972 Maserati Boomerang concept

1972 Maserati Boomerang Concept

What if you could have all instruments inside the steering wheel? That was the idea behind the Maserati Boomerang. Although first displayed as a non-functional model at the Turin Motor Show in 1971 by March 1972 it had been transformed into a fully operational vehicle.


  1. 1981 Citroen Xenia concept

1981 Citroen Xenia Concept

The Citroen Xenia Concept was introduced in 1981 and was scale model design that would never go past the concept stage. The interior was just as futuristic as the exterior, with a host of lights and buttons both in and around the steering wheel.


  1. 1988 Pontiac Banshee

1988 Pontiac Banshee

The 1988 Pontiac Banshee concept car interior was a blend of 1988 and 2008: high-tech gadgetry and conveniences, but using technology that existed when the car was built. Gauges were electronic and included a 3-D head-up display.


  1. 1982 Lancia Orca

1982 Lancia Orca

A digital dashboard way before its time, this would be more distracting than helpful one would think.


  1. 2012 Pagani Huayra

2012 Pagani Huayra

Love it or hate it, this million-dollar car has a crazy dashboard full of details.


  1. 2002 Fiat Multipla

2002 Fiat Multipla

If you think the dashboard is ugly, you should see the exterior. It had, however, an interesting range of family-friendly features, for which it was voted Top Gear Magazine’s ‘Family Car of the Year’ for four years in a row (2001 – 2004).


  1. 2003 Honda Civic (custom)

2003 Honda Civic (customized)

Can you believe that Alpine spent over a quarter of a million dollars on this 2003 Honda Civic. This car is so packed full of electronics it could only be described as unprecedented. And the price? A cool $250,000.


  1. K.I.T.T. replica


Remember K.I.T.T., the talking, computerized car from the 80’s TV hit, Knight Rider? One dedicated fan in Toronto built a complete replica of the car, taking over 40 years and $40k (CAD) to build. Fitted with all the meaningless flashing lights and buttons from the original talking car, along with a handful of updates like LCD screens and a DVD/CD/MP3 player to keep up with the times. The only things missing are the familiar voice of William Daniels of course that awesome theme music!


  1. 1983 Citroen GSA Pallas

1983 Citroen GSA Pallas

The GSA Pallas had the mad rotating drums for speed and revs which you needed to look at through magnifying glasses.


  1. 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda

Boxiest dashboard ever and its exterior was also one of the longest and strangest you will probably ever see.


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