4. Fake-wood paneling
Playing into the oppressive boxiness that was prevalent during this time period is another unfortunate design trend. For whatever reason fake wood paneling was splashed across more 1980s vehicles than we care to remember.
In decades past cars that featured REAL timber were often top-end versions of pricey models. High-brow vehicles from Buick, Packard or Mercury featured genuine wood that was painstakingly pieced together by master craftsmen (or women). Like the trimmings of a fine yacht these furnishings were then slathered with a durable, weather-resistant finish for lasting beauty.
Unfortunately wood-grained plastic and contact adhesive just aren’t as elegant. Nothing creams “class” louder than simulated imitation mahogany… low class, that is.