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Last Call: Real Instruments Edition

Robert Emslie May 18, 2017 Last Call 8 Comments

One of the 1958 Corvette’s touted features was a bank of “real instruments” and sure enough the dash was redesigned that year to place the dials front and center before the driver rather than strewn willy-nilly. Add to that an available fuel injected V8 and the Corvette was well on its way from cruiser to bruiser.

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  • Batshitbox

    Corvette buyers’ response after the switch was difficult to gauge, but certain indicators allowed GM to dial in the arrangement of the dash.

    • They tried a focus group but the panel turned out to be a real cluster…

      • 0A5599

        That’s a tach-y thing to say. They were instrumental.

        • No, from what I heard on the horn they got on the clock but then keyed in on it as a temp gig and choked.

          • I’m gauging by your response, you had to dash out of the room to look in the mirror to see if the leading indicators were still cluster-ed in the Control Tower.

          • I think you’re just needling the other commenters, revving them up and fueling their displeasure, hoping to find some indicator that they’ll rollover and switch their tune. I haven’t seen knobbish behavior on such a sweeping scale in some time.

    • Lokki

      Blinks What did you just say?

  • Rover 1

    So that’s what the mirrors on a Corvette are for.

    And they say Miatas are girl’s cars.





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