The Cyberpunky 1986 Oldsmobile Incas That Was Never Made #cyberpunk
Car website, The Drive, published a piece about this amazing 1986 Olds Incas concept car that looks straight out of Blade Runner.
Plenty of automakers today release autonomous car concepts that look like an ultra-modern living room inside. The steering wheel isn’t there, or it folds away, there’s big touchscreens everywhere—you get the gist. But 34 years ago, at the height of wonderfully strange ’80s design exercises, Italdesign really went for it in the Oldsmobile “Incas” concept with this Knight Rider-looking getup. It’s definitely not your grandfather’s Oldsmobile. Neither will it be your grandson’s, sadly.
The only control that hasn’t been placed on the ‘steering wheel’ is the turn signal, the rather plain stalk protruding from the left side of the column. Literally everything else in the interior is a button on the steering wheel: HVAC, lights, audio, cruise and automatic transmission controls are all present. This is actually the only detailed image I could find of the Incas interface. If you’re a dreamer like me, then really the only signal Oldsmobile didn’t want to actually build this is the conspicuous lack of air vents; you’d probably want some A/C in this thing considering how hot glass canopy cars tend to get in the sun.
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