Life | 90s | 80s | 70s

Are You Old Enough To Remember What This Is?

If you can tell what this mystery item is, either you're getting old or your car is.

Here's a few hints before you guess: these little additions became standard in almost all cars in the 1950s, but disappeared in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Now, there's a good reason you don't see them anymore, but some folks are pretty mad they're gone. You see, they're used for a habit that lots of people still do, and paying to add one to your car can be expensive.

Have you given up, or did you know right away?

Pinterest

That's right, this little space is a built-in ashtray, which seems almost unbelievable these days.

For a long list of reasons, including pressure from the Surgeon General, a need to make room for electronics like door locks and auto windows, and a desire to keep customers happy, car-makers killed the ashtray in the 90s. Chrysler made their last built-in ashtray in 1996.

Wall Street Journal

If you still smoke, you probably paid for a "smoker's package," an ashtray that slides into your cup holder. It's not as glamorous as the old flip-up version, but it does the job just as well.

Share this post to challenge your friends!

More Throwbacks

Fads

The Origin Of The Most Unusual Fad Of The 90s Proves It's Much More Than A Flash In The Pan

We all remember that one kid on the playground who was slapping around a stick as though it was the most impressive thing in the universe. Sure, it probably required a decent amount of skill, but the Devil Sticks fad died out fairly quickly and we all moved on to the next great craze. But the truth is, Devil Sticks aren't just a 90s thing. They actually started over a century before they became a craze on every playground in the country. The Origin Of Devil SticksIt's hard to know the exact origin of Devil Sticks, mostly because they go

90s

Kenan And Kel Reunited And We Love It More Than Orange Soda

Kenan and Kel were the best comedy duo of the 90s, and it's not even close. Their show ran for a whopping 65 episodes, which for a show in the 90s is a decent stint. The friends shot to fame with the movie Good Burger, which is still quoted today.When Kenan & Kel first aired, it made history by becoming the first Nickelodeon primetime sitcom to star two African-American leads. The two seemed inseparable on and off the screen, and they lived together with their moms. They would all hang out together and the boys would pull pranks on their

Fads

The Origin Of The Most Unusual Fad Of The 90s Proves It's Much More Than A Flash In The Pan

We all remember that one kid on the playground who was slapping around a stick as though it was the most impressive thing in the universe. Sure, it probably required a decent amount of skill, but the Devil Sticks fad died out fairly quickly and we all moved on to the next great craze. But the truth is, Devil Sticks aren't just a 90s thing. They actually started over a century before they became a craze on every playground in the country. The Origin Of Devil SticksIt's hard to know the exact origin of Devil Sticks, mostly because they go

90s

11 Things You Didn't Know About The Greatest Bobsled Team Of All Time

Have we just been transported back in time, or did our favorite childhood movie just become reality? Now that the Winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, we have all eyes on the Jamaica bobsled team and we are getting flashbacks of our favorite underdog team.Cool Runnings was that movie you watched on the Disney channel as a kid 25 years ago. Based on a true story, this 1993 movie has only gotten better with age as we re-watch and relive the experience that captured us more than two decades ago. Telling the story of the first Jamaican