1967 – RECARO Rallye I
The shell seats that Stuttgarter Karosseriewerk Reutter had already built for the Porsche lightweight cars and racing cars of the 1950s served as examples for the brand's revolutionary new shell seat that RECARO manufactured from 1967. The new product now also transferred proven elements of the sports seat for series vehicles – particularly comfort elements such as foam pads – to seats with a purely sporty design for rally racing and motor racing.
The RECARO shell seat (retrospectively named "Rallye I") was based on a seat shell made of glass fiber reinforced polyester resin – which, at this time, represented the RECARO safety and lightweight construction requirements in a unique way. The integrated foam upholstery possessed a thigh support, positioned far forward. Similarly to the sports or IdealSeat, additional padding could be placed under the covering in the lumbar and back area, which enabled individual adjustment. In contrast to the sports seat, the backrest angle of the Rallye variant was not modifiable by means of a reclining seat fitting. However, the seat was adjustable, independent of height at the front or rear, so that the inclination angle could be adjusted for the person sitting in the vehicle. A comfort length setting was also possible on the approved seat shells, on which all RECARO seats are fastened. The shell seat with side bolsters was delivered made of perforated Ambla leather that was underlaid with quilting cotton. The seat and back area was mostly upholstered with Perlon cord. For an additional charge, the seat, delivered in black by default, could also be ordered with a center section made of shepherd's plaid. Additional basic colors that the customer could choose from were red, brown and beige.
The RECARO shell seat was especially suited to safety-conscious sport and rally drivers; RECARO still recommends the sports seat for passengers or drivers who value increased comfort and a backrest setting
Shortly after market launch, the shell seat was improved, and from 1968 – initially by request – was available with a height and tilt adjustable headrest, which was not only supposed to enable relaxation, but at the same time serve the safety of the driver in an accident. The seat was now in line with the "new American safety regulations."