American automakers in the 1980s were riding high on fat profits but producing some pretty lackluster cars. Though, there were always a few bright spots.
Technology was really starting to come into bloom, too, and equipment like air bags and the death of the carburetor became commonplace. However, Buick was pretty darn early to the game when it came to a commonplace feature today: touchscreens.
Nearly every new car features a touchscreen unit to control HVAC or at least multimedia functions. In the 1980s, though, that was not the case. Knobs and buttons prevailed. In some cases—*eh hem, CUE*—we wish they still did. Autoweek happened to stumble upon a 1989 Buick Riviera left to die in a junkyard and noticed the model was actually a rarity: it was equipped with the early touchscreen unit.
After scraping up the necessary equipment to hopefully make the unit work once again, it’s back in one piece. However, seeing if it will work outside of the vehicle will be a different story. Head to Autoweek to see all the photos and the full details on this marvelous piece of technology from the 1980s.