Which Classic Car Had The Prettiest Gauges?
Clean, refined, and simple are the three words I’d use to describe my ideal gauges. It’s a sentence I can’t say really say aloud unless I’m in the right company—who thinks about tachometers and speedometers, anyway?
I’ve written about Avions Voisin before and its beautiful approach to the inside of a car. Because so few were made, even fewer survive, and the materials used were from a different time, they’re cars far out of reach for many of us. But the clear, crisp Jaeger gauges selected expressly for the task of allowing a Voisin driver to stay on top of the machine? Well, you can find those in all sorts of classics.
For me, it’s the refined approach of Jaeger and VDO gauges that tend to hold my gaze, if they’re lit in a dim, yellowish or even red hue at night I’m delighted. At the risk of sounding too ridiculous, ugly gauges are one of the biggest turn-offs I have when stepping into a newer car—and why must everything glow blue at night like a ’90s Timex Indiglo?
Which classic car do you think had the prettiest gauges?
Photography by Alexis Goure courtesy of RM Sotheby’s, Remi Dargegen, David Marvier