I have often wondered why the battery on C3's ( maybe not all) was placed behind the drivers side seat versus the passengers side. Given the choice, the right side would seem to be the obvious one. Any thoughts?
Thanks for the thought but I have to question the value of having a car jack at arms length.
Respectfully, I can assure you my response is probably correct. The jack is below the primary storage bin that I thought you were referencing. The primary storage bin would not be reachable behind the driver's seat without exiting (egressing) that car. But, your question is very valid.
I am employed in the auto industry (Ford Motor Co.). 32 years. We conduct focus group studies with countless people on every model. We pay particular attention to how people of the full spectrum of age, weight, and height, - women very much included - and, each have their own set of values. The current trends are to ensure significant leg room because people around the world are getting taller; taking weight into account because - well, you know; taking gender into account partly because large purse storage is a show stopper for many of our prospective female customers; and, pertaining to the age spectrum, you'll notice that the control buttons and displays are getting larger and better lit. We have "old people suits' that our engineers wear that does a great job of duplicating the limited range of motion, and hand/arm and leg strength of aging baby boomers. For younger customers, well, much of our focus is on them because they know how to maximize the features/performance of a vehicle - not dissimilar to a C3 owner in the day. You can tell that the C3 engineers of the day paid attention to every possible inch of the car just because the way it is laid-out is to very tight. People are extremely smart, forget the media cliche's that they are not, and the engineers - most of ours are top grads in their respective engineering schools around the country - and especially the up and coming engineers have a challenge keeping up with the function/feature/utility and looks IQ of us North Americans, Europeans (they invented the Car, Mr. Ford invented the production line), the Chinese (yes, their car accumen has become impressive), the Middle Easterners (the majority are terrific, American product loving people, believe me), the South Americans, and recently the Sub-Saharan Africans are people all becoming amazingly sophisticated in their product design desires. In other words, even in the 60's the design engineers would take all the customer feedback data and put common sense to it - they really would. Maybe even moreseo then than they do today - which is hard to imagine - because the auto industry didn't have to compete with the Tech Industries for the best & brightest. I look back through our Ford archives and those dudes were extremely smart in that era. I have a lot of respect for their legacy if it doesn't relate to advanced technology, and a storage bin would fall into that space. Case in point - when Obama commissioned NASA to evaluate (not approve) our best approach to re-visit the moon a few years ago, the brightest minds in NASA - after evaluating all options - recommended that the best path would be to emulate the Apollo project's core tenants. Even the recommended lunar capsule and landing module were very similar. Mostly just larger and more efficient with today's computing power. To their credit, they admitted that even though they reviewed all of the latest technology that the Apollo approach presented the fewest risks, human and economics.
I only referenced this because our C3's were designed in the same era. Bottom line, don't over-think it too much. The GM Corvette interior design team - the pick of the litter for a GM flagship car like the C3 - would have spent a lot of time & research trying to to figure out the C3-owner's most common, most comfortable and efficient target-customer "use-case" (that's what we call it) and then design it accordingly. I guarantee you that a lot of debate and arguments took place about the location, size, appearance and cost/quality took place while standing around design "mules" (that's what they call them - a modular mocked up interior of the vehicle) with the affected engineers holding the clinic customer feedback data, about every detail. Like you and I the engineers would go home wanting to feel good about doing an exceptional job that they could defend to their management, and even moreso, go to friend's houses, customer clinics, Dealer meetings, and family gatherings without someone asking them "why the heck didn't you do it this way..." You wouldn't believe how much that stuff gives them a pit in their stomach, even if they try to pretend that it doesn't. Their wives and kids are often standing there next to them when peer freely give advice. You can understand how your question was probably debated back & forth by a lot of smart people whose paycheck/promotions were voted by the customer, so it is a good one. Hope this bit of behind the scenes was of some interest.