Automobiles were a step up from horse-drawn carriages. And some of the features carried over included the front bench seat. As peculiar as it might sound, the bench seat offered more room at the front for an extra passenger and was a popular spot for kids of the 70s and early 80s. It was later phased off due to safety regulations and to give room for the center console.
Bench seats came standard in most family-sized cars, notably the Chevrolet Impala, many American trucks, and early Crown Victoria models. Pop Up Head Lamps
In the 80s, many compact cars had an additional safety feature – automatic seat belts. The main idea was to help remind drivers to put on their safety belts before driving off. While the intentions behind this feature were good, they came with additional repair costs when the belt's motors ceased.
Also, the fact that they automatically strapped on didn’t guarantee the driver or passenger would buckle up. Automatic seatbelts were popular on 80s Buicks and 90s Honda and Acura models.Manual Rolling Windows
Believe it or not, power or automatic windows were only reserved for luxury cars, much like massage and heated seats today. Your conventional car came with manual cranking windows, which meant manually rolling the window up and down. Some cars still have those in the rear. CD Changers and Cassette Players
Vented windows were a gem during hot summer days. These were triangular pieces of corner glass that could be pushed out to let in some fresh air. Today, all cars come with air conditioning as standard, but a couple of decades ago, air conditioning was a luxury feature reserved for top-tier cars.
The 90s Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram featured vented windows as late as their 1996 model years. T-top Roof Design
Toyota MR2 all featured T-top roofs. While they are believed to have been started by General Motors, the T-top roof design was picked up by many auto manufacturers.
Much like the sunroof, vehicles with T-tops suffered from leakages. They were slowly phased out after designers discovered they compromised the structural safety of a car. CB Radio
Not too long ago, drivers on busy interstate roads used the CB radio for two-way communication. Cell phones were non-existent during this period, and auto manufacturers offered these gadgets as an additional package on their units.
As ancient as it seems, the CB radio still has a cultic following among truck drivers and a few car enthusiasts.