While there are lots of reasons for painting B pillars black, does anybody know about when it started to happen?

I had always thought of this as a mid 1980s thing, when chrome went out of style and windows started being mounted without visible rubber moldings. However, long before this happened, some cars were already coming out of the factory with a black painted B pillar. Two that I were aware of were Saab and Porsche, they had already been doing this on some of their cars in the late 1970s.

While I had been aware of this happening on these cars, I never really thought about what company started the trend. Randomly looking around, Fiat seems to have also joined in during the late 1970s, but they don’t appear to have been first. Was Porsche first?