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Front bench seatback height on the Desoto
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b5rt
Posted 2018-08-29 7:39 PM (#569239)
Subject: Front bench seatback height on the Desoto



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I've had my car out a few times and there's been several people asking about why the driver's side seat back is higher than the passenger side... and I have no good answer.

Being it's a bench seat they also wonder why there's a 60-40 split instead of a 50-50.

Any ideas? Safety would be first to mind for the higher back but why not make the passenger side higher too.
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57burb
Posted 2018-08-29 9:33 PM (#569241 - in reply to #569239)
Subject: RE: Front bench seatback height on the Desoto



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Asymmetrical design was a really big deal within the Chrysler design studios late in Exner's career. The seats in '60-61 were a small step in that direction. The XNR was a bigger one.

Take a look at several of the concepts for the '62 Mopar lineup and you'll see several examples of asymmetric exteriors, but that never made it to production.

That's the only explanation I can come up with.

Edited by 57burb 2018-08-29 9:35 PM




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imopar380
Posted 2018-08-29 10:29 PM (#569242 - in reply to #569241)
Subject: Re: Front bench seatback height on the Desoto



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They also mentioned in the brochures that it gave more back and shoulder support to the driver, for less fatigue.
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