The amount of importance put on how the exterior of a car looks is huge, and the driver is likely the owner who selected a car based on that outer appearance. However, when we drive we don’t get to see the outside. Instead, we’re left gazing through a clear windscreen with an occasional glance at the gauge cluster.
If you are less concerned with the outside appearance and more concerned with what you will see from the driver's seat, here are six cars that might be worth considering for your next purchase.
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Yes, if there ever was a cool speedometer, it was the 64-66 Thunderbird. It should of made number One on this list, but I guess its all in the likes of the person writing the article huh?
The green translucent plastic that backlit the speedo on the 1955 and '56 Ford's was pretty cool. And the art deco font on the 1946 GMC truck just takes you back in time.
I had a '63 220b with that vertical speedometer. It had a kind of hairspring that returned it to zero. When I re-finished the dash, I had to take the cluster out, and in the process the speedo got whacked. In the days before the internet, finding a replacement required many trips to many salvage yards, but I was able to literally dig one up from an otherwise useless pile of scrap.
1966 / 67 Charger needs to be on the list. Decades ahead of it's time.
The instrument panel consists of for round Bezels with six gauges. Besides the normal instruments, there is a standard 6000 RPM tachometer. All instruments are illuminated without the use of the 12V DC light bulbs as in other MOPARS. This system, known as Electroluminescent Lighting (EL) creates a soft uniform glow without objectionable intensity and glare. Light levels can be controlled in the usual manner with the headlight switch rheostat.
Google it and be surprised 🙂
Chrysler’s iconic 300-F predated the great Charger by 6 years, in 1960. Its AstraDome instrument panel featuring Panelescent lighting - Chrysler’s term for electroluminescent lighting - was an amazing work of engineering artistry. Not only does the AstraDome on my 300-F beautifully illuminate its 150 mph speedo and its ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges, but also its cable-driven tachometer on my console, at night with its soft silvery-blue glow. This dashboard design graced all the 1960-1962 Chryslers, while the calibration markings on the speedo and gauges varied slightly in each of the three years. The speedometer on all the non-Letter Cars for those three years sported a 120 mph face, vs the 150 mph on the F, G and H. Too bad the various Google sites that pop up when we look up AstraDome instead spell it Astrodome. Reflection of journalistic ignorance or carelessness! Also love that the ‘66/‘67 Chargers continued the full length interior console Chrysler introduced in the 300-F’s. Too bad they didn’t also continue the front swivel seats that were standard in all 300 E, F and G Letter Cars!
Actually it was just Douglas when they made the DC-10 (the DC stands for Douglass Corporation). After they merged with McDonnell they changed the name to MD-11 (MD stood for McDonnell-Douglas).
The 1960 Chrysler instrument cluster also had electroluminescent lighting instead of light bulbs. A friend of mine has on of these and the lighting still works perfectly.
This list is LAME! Nothing of note here except the 300F. C4 Corvette? Really? Apparently the people who came up with this list have never been anywhere near a car from the 50's.
You are so RIGHT!! LAME it is.
Both the 50's and the 60's were works of art.
Even the new cars with all the digital read outs are lame as most are to small to read.
Take the temp read out alone on some of these cars is impossible to read unless you put you nose up against the instrument panel.
You hit the nail on the head !! There never has, or will be, a digital dash worth
a dime. Why didn't the 1960s GM thermometer speedos make the list, they were beautiful ??
Thanks for the video's; Dad had a waterfall speedo in the (I think...) '68 Plymouth Fury III wagon, it was way cool even at the time. I've tried to explain this to my gang but never did a very good job. PS - one of my personal favorites is the simple white-on-black chrome ringed analog speedometers in '60's - 70's vintage Triumphs, set in a wood dash. This defines functional elegance.
1948 Cadillac speedo cluster is one of my favorites. Anything digital, like the '84-'89 Corvette, etc., is doomed for failure sooner or later. Good luck getting it repaired. Boeing DC-10??
We have a 1990 Buick Regal Gran Sport 2+2 Coupe. Grandpa's sporty car I'd guess 🙂
Why we still have it is a story for another time.
It has the coolest digital LED dash! I wonder if it was among the first offered by the manufactures?
The Plymouth Fury Speedo is the same as the Imperial's, and yes, I like the elegant look of it in my 1964, but I have seen better than this list. How about a 1950s Mercury, with the arch and the other gauges arched over the top?
Loved the Mercedes finback speedos. If you ever got pulled over by the police, you could get out of a ticket by having them drive it & asking them if they could figure it out!
EXACTLY! Forget the color of the line or needle, If a speedo that is printed backwards and viewed through a mirror isnt the most interesting speedo ever then you havent really looked at many dashboards.