Yeah, I know. It’s 8:05, not 1. But after you see the next few pix, you might agree that 1 o’clock rocks pretty hard too.
These are Sharka’s latest gauges – Version Stirling. They’re the production version of the gauges I made for Cooper a few posts down. I really didn’t intend to keep them in Sharka. I just wanted to see them under the KG Works cluster. But… well… they rock! I love them.
The gauges are modeled after the ones in the car Sir Stirling Moss raced in 1955. That car featured two VDO multi-arc small gauges surrounding a Veglia tach with zero at 1 o’clock. I’ve loved that design for years, just never had a chance or reason to see what they might look like in a Miata version.
Cars came with 1 o’clock gauges way back when. Yeah, “way back when.” They were quite popular in the 1920-1950 period, and were then replaced by 7 o’clock gauges. But in the 50s, gauges like this were the norm.
I’ve never sat in a car with 1 o’clock gauges. Obviously, never driven one either. And then I put these in Sharka about two weeks ago. And man… I love it. It’s SO different from the 5 o’clock gauges in Bucky (my NB) and the 10 o’clock gauges Sharka used to wear. But it’s different in a good way.
Since installing these gauges, I’ve taken Sharka to work every day. Every day. I never do that. Sharka is more like a once-a-week car. In nice weather. I usually daily drive my NB. But there’s something about these gauges. I wanna sit in front of them. I find myself in the upper end of the tach more often. And 80 mph is at 6 o’clock.
There’s something pretty awesome about seeing the speedometer point straight down on the freeway.
I do love my amber lighting. I know it’s not for everyone, but most of my gauge customers choose it. It’s a nice change from the OEM green. Though, I’ll admit, this design looks really awesome with green lighting as well.
Anyways. There it is. Sharka’s latest gauges. I hope ya like them. And if anyone out there wants a set, you know what to do.