Do you remember front bench seats? I do too, but your children or grandchildren may never have seen them; or even know they existed.
Feel free to share this post with the younger generations.
Up until 1958 all vehicles had front bench seats. That’s right, a bench seat just like the one in the back. You could sit 3 people in the front seat just like in the back seat. Of course, the vehicles were larger back then too.
In 1958 the Pontiac Bonneville convertible had buckets seats in the front as an option. Note the square shape of the seats as well as the lack of a center console. In this manufacturer’s photo the back seat also has bucket seats.
After the first year’s customer feedback, Pontiac changed the shape of the bucket seats to be more form fitting to a person’s body (1959). You’ll notice that there is still no console in the front seat.
The 1961 Olds Starfire convertible had the first console and floor shifter (with automatic transmission).
Notice no cup holders. Cup holders became more in demand in the 1960s. And built in cup holders became popular with the invention of the Chrysler Minivan in 1983.
The last bench seat placed in a vehicle was in the 2012 Chevrolet Impala.
The bucket seats continued to be modified to more of what we see today. Today the seat and back cushions are really shaped to form a person’s body for the ultimate in style and comfort. Not to mention some cars have heated seats! But that’s another post.
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