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.