I've become an R53 MINI fanboy and I like how the rev-counter is positioned singularly in front of the driver.
I'll be the first to admit that with these older MINI's there's a sort of toy-town vibe in certain aspects, plus some goofy design choices with the most grievous being examples of fashion-over-function, but as an overall package it all becomes something lovable for me at least.
I'd like to see more examples of factory solo pod tachs in application.
I realize that many classics have traditionally featured the tach in center,
most obviously the Porsche 911,
or older Alfas:
But what I'm interested in seeing is the variant involving the singular solo pod style.
Please post pix of any you are aware of,
One of the earliest examples I can find is on the Alfetta GTV's of the 1970's.
The Renault Twingo has one,
here's a hot Gordini version:
The regular Twingo had a different tach:
I really like the typeface of that one as it recalls classic VDO, and in both examples I like how the numbers graduate from small to large.
recently discovered that the Plymouth Prowler featured this design as well.
I find it rather odd that they opted for a straightup AutoMeter, but I suppose it adds to the vintage hot rod ambiance.
"The tachometer is the only instrument directly ahead of the driver; the huge AutoMeter tach has a strapped-on look, emerging from a hole cut into the standard corporate steering column."