1988: The Future Has Arrived!

Computers were pretty well accepted in the American mainstream by the late 1980s, but the designers that GM had making their ECU cases appear to have gone with the 1956-vintage E-13B font in order to enhance futuristic appeal.

1988: The Future Has Arrived!

That's right, folks, the engine in your 1989 GMC van is controlled by— gasp— a computer! Here we see Rambler Marlin racer Cadillac Bob displaying the replacement ECU for his 454. Computer!