I was sifting through some old photos today when I came across this shot of the interior of a Porsche 993. Nothing unusual in that, you may think, but take a look at the photo. Check out all that wood – it’s more Bentley than Porsche.
Now, purists like to complain about wood inside Porsches, arguing that it’s just not right. But what’s the basis for that argument? The very first 911s had touches of wood around the dash and, traditionally, sports cars often had a bit of dead tree inside them.
As time has gone by, though, wooden dashes have almost become naff, to the extent that even marques such as Jaguar and Aston Martin have started to spurn tree in favour of carbonfibre and aluminium, and when they do use wood trim, it’s black ash which is so dark you have to look closely to spot any grain.
It’s a shame, I think, as we have wood in our homes and boats, so why not in our cars? It makes a change from black plastic and black leather, and I prefer it to carbonfibre.
Having said all that, I’d be the first to admit that there’s just too much wood in this particular Porsche! Less is more…