Flashback: car seats that swivel


Designed as a convenience and a novelty, the swiveling seat may yet have something to say about the future of the automotive interior

Designed to make ingress and egress from the car easier, the swivel seat has a long history, but one that is highly dependent on the consumer buying trends. In the US, it has appeared on production and concept vehicles since the 1960s, though in limited numbers, and for limited times.

The swivel seat first appeared in production Chrysler products around 1960, with front seats that swiveled modestly (about 40-45 degrees). It was more a novelty than a genuine innovation, but was popular with Chrysler buyers and judged to be a real convenience.


1960 Chrysler with swivel seats up front

A Buick concept, the…

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