Almost from the very beginning, auto manufacturers designed the instrument panels to be beautiful works of art, settings for instruments that looked like expensive time pieces. As a young boy, I was mesmerized by these creations. I remember my Father had a Plymouth, it was a 1939 model, as the speed increased the speedometer changed colors. Low speeds were green, when you reached about 40 mph it changed to yellow, and over 60 mph it turned red. This is from my memory so if someone out there is an expert, they may know this better than myself, but as a youngster, it was a big deal. I used to stand behind my Dad in the back seat area and watch him drive, absolutely fascinated by it all. I had my first chance at 12 years old, my Sunday school teacher took all the boys in the class out on a country road and we took turns driving his 1939 Hudson Terraplane. I have assembled a few pictures of classic instrument panels so you can see why I still love these things all of these years later.
1933 CADILLAC V16
1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
There are literally hundreds of examples of beautifully designed instrument panels, that were installed in cars over the past 100 years, that would be worthy of display in the finest art museums. If you have never really considered going to an auto museum, you should, and take a peek inside of these beautiful old cars, it is incredible “eye candy”. Be sure to take your camera.
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