Looking at dashboards…

Coudal Partners linked to Cartype’s gallery of automobile gauge clusters as part of their Museum of Online Museums (MoOM).  I can’t help wondering why domestic (US) automakers traditionally had such horrible dashboards, and how much a prominently displayed tachometer and a non-horizontal speedometer contributes to the perception of speed (see any 1970-80s domestic versus 1970-80s import).

Seeing a tachometer needle spinning the dial is exciting; watching a speedometer crawl from the left to right is not.*  Also, note which makes and eras preferred binary idiot lights versus analog gauges and dials.

*Note that larger-displacement, higher-torque US engines would have slow tachometers, too, as compared to higher-revving, smaller-displacement import engines.  


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