The ’80s were a time for innovation and cars were becoming more and more technologically advanced. With these advances also came a bunch of bad ideas that didn’t stick. Some of these cars such as the Camaro Berlinetta were well thought out but executed quite poorly. Other features such as pop-up headlights were gradually phased out.
Car tech is constantly changing with new advances in design, and we took a look at some of the most notorious – and currently extinct – car features of the 1980s automotive industry. There was no period like the ’80s, and the features on these cars were some of the best and worst.
25: Wood Panel
The visual of a family going on vacation in a wood-paneled station wagon wasn’t just in movies. Many ’80s car models came with fake wood panels on the side. While this wasn’t bad looking at the time, it was cheaply made. By today’s standards, most of this wood paneling has either fallen off or disintegrated. Many different cars utilized wood paneling around this period.
Chrysler was one of the last companies that offered wood paneling available on the Town & Country minivan until 1996 and on the last generation of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Although wood paneling can look great on certain vehicles like a sport utility, on today’s vehicle designs, it just looks out of place.