Car interiors should be simple, clear, and not distracting. Jalopnik readers, however, have found ten absurd dashboard that don't follow that formula.

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The dashboard started out with humble beginnings. All it had to be was a board that kept horses from flinging dirt at you while they were going fast, or dashing. When horseless carriages came along, people presumably started sticking dials and switches into the board because it was convenient, or at least that’s what I’d do.

In any case, dashboards have nothing to do with dashing anymore, but they should still remain un-cluttered and easy-to-read.

That is precisely why we love these totally complex, distracting masses of knobs, switches, and chrome. They’re bad ideas in the very best way.


We restricted ourselves to just production cars, so unfortunately we had to cut the frankly stunning Maserati Boomerang’s dashboard-within-the-wheel as well as the buttonspalooza of the Lancia Orca. Speaking of tons of buttons, we should also point out that nobody looks at a more confusing set of switches, buttons, and readouts than the current crop of Formula One drivers, who have their whole dashboard on the wheel.

We had tons of honorable mentions that just couldn’t fit in the list, so please help us fill out all of your other favorite insane dashes in Kinja below.


10.) LEDs-On-Metal Pagani Huayra

Suggested By: Garrett Davis, Photo Credit: Pagani 


9.) Ultra-Digital Mid-1980s Corvette

Suggested By: ReverendDexter, Photo Credit: Chevrolet via OldCarBrochures 


8.) Chromed-Out 1960 Corvette

Suggested By: Jonee, Photo Credit: Denis De Mesmaeker 


7.) Ostrich Leather-Optional Vector W8

Suggested By: EricSledlecki, Photo Credit: RM Auctions 


6.) Every Steampunk Spyker

Suggested By: 6cyl, Photo Credit: Ann Wuyts 


5.) Center-Stack Fiat Multipla

Suggested By: Compasteedee, Photo Credit: Fiat 


4.) Aerospace Lancia Beta Trevi

Suggested By: 505-morphine not found, Photo Credit: Lancia 


3.) Never-Functional Aston Martin Lagonda

Suggested By: SennaMP4, Photo Credit: Bill Kwok 


2.) Square Wheel 1962 Imperial

Suggested By: Jonee, Photo Credit: Chrysler via OldCarBrochures 


1.) Alien Hands Citroen GSA

Suggested By: boddagettaflyer, Photo Credit: Citroen