Since we’re talking about the greatest interiors this week here’s a rarely mentioned cabin that gives Mitsubishi’s plaid and Subaru’s bizarro asymmetry a run for their money. Behold the Bubble Era excess of the 1984 Nissan Gloria Turbo Brougham VIP Super Selection Ⅱ. See? Japan’s economy was booming so hard in the 1980s that Nissan could afford to spend triple what they do now just on badging for a comically long name. But that’s nothing compared to the interior.
The Turbo Brougham VIP Super Selection Ⅱ was the top-of-the-line version of the Y30-generation of Cedric/Gloria twins. Though a stately sedan competitor to the Toyota Crown, Nissan wedged a VG30ET from a 300ZX Turbo under the hood. There was even a Jack Nicklaus limited edition named after the famous golfer. It didn’t boast much more than some extra badging, but at least you could make the name even longer if you wanted to.
So here’s what the driver of this magnificent beast sees when slipping behind the wheel. The stereo and climate control resemble a deluxe 1980s hi-fi system that would look great just sitting on your credenza at home. They’re spread out, width-wise, so the center console doesn’t have to reach to the transmission tunnel. Though the seats aren’t bench, it allows for that open brougham feeling.
The steering wheel has cruise control on the right and auxiliary buttons for the stereo on the left, including impressively a volume dial. Notably, the “floating” center stays level while wheel and spokes turn.
Of course this being a Japanese luxury barge, it also comes with curtains for the rear window and optional doily seat and headrest covers. Fully loaded! This particular car is currently going for ¥601,000, or about $5,893 in US dollars on Yahoo Japan with a buy it now of ¥1,200,000 ($11,727).