I’ve been looking for a Speedster and have noticed that the dash has a gentle continuous curve from one side to the other.  Because of that curve objects like the tachometer are not square to the driver, in fact the left side (passenger)  when measured is closer to the driver than the right side. This looks like to be the case from several manufacturers, to me it’s annoying and I was wondering if it was the case on real metal Speedsters? Am I being anal? probably, does it matter probably not.  Check please and let me know.  Cheers.

RThorpe

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It’s a ver subtle thing all the shots of “real” cars and many pictures on the European Collectables site I cannot tell for sure. It’s strange, why not make the fiberglass mold accurate to the original if the original is flat?

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> On Jun 29, 2020, at 2:44 PM, SpeedsterOwners.com <alerts@crowdstack.com> wrote:
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OEM rusted one looks identical to my plastic replica!

See the source image

The example WINGD posted is from a '59 Cabriolet which doesn't have the gauge eyebrow and has the radio in the center of dash and glove box on far side.

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Wolfy
Hard to tell from that angle. After looking at many angles I’m begging to think the real dash curve is more subtle/flatter than the repos. I’m told the suppliers of glass tubs is a small group, maybe they got it wrong and can be corrected? Who the F knows.

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Jimmy,
We’re just talking here here, none of this really matters but if you look on European Collectables site where they have 100’s of shots for many angles I would say that the German Speedster is flatter in the area of the gauges. I guess I must trek to EC to see and measure. Fiberglass can be modified. Yikes

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Possibly but Max Hoffman a NY Porsche dealer worked with Porsche and all but created the Speedster for the USA market. There are "real" Speedsters with the curved dash and that is that! If there are others without that is that also.

Jimmy,
When I referred to “German” Speedsters I meant the ones imported by Max Hoffman I was just trying to differentiate between our fiberglass cars and the originals, story to be obtuse.

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The picture I posted is an authentic German Porsche Speedster and it has the round dash. Do what you will with that I am finished debating the subject. Maybe others far more knowledgeable than I will pick it up. 

Jimmy,
Please don’t take offense, all the dashes are curved I’m just trying to figure out why the gauges looked a “little off “ in a very nice car I looked at over the weekend. Cheers.

Richard

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>> On Jun 29, 2020, at 4:20 PM, SpeedsterOwners.com <alerts@crowdstack.com> wrote:
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I think consensus here (and several people here are actual experts) is that the shape of the dash on all the replicas—Vintage, Beck, IM and even the old FF CMC cars—is very accurate in terms of shape and size. 

This is in some contrast to other parts of the replicas, such as the back "seat" area, the tunnel, the parking brake, shape of the foot wells, the pedals and myriad other small details.

One of the details in which many replica Speedsters do not perfectly match the originals is the gauges themselves. The last few years there have been real nice ones available, but many older ones are repops that are just slightly larger than the original dials, forcing the builder to scrunch them a little closer together than would be perfectly true to Reutter.

That builder is going to be your culprit, be it someone at Beck (unlikely) or some goofball such as myself (quite likely). Someone had to drill the holes for those gauges, and it's easy to miss by a little bit.

Hand built means a bad day it might be off by a mm on the other hand it does seem sometime that you look and the steering wheel is off center but not as much as some original italian old cars, we won't talk about the pedal cluster or shifter either. 

Hand built brings some variables without a doubt... You do get over it  

I’m sorry I haven’t been clear.The curve or bow Is between the door posts across the front of the cabin. So placing of the tach, for instance, is closer to the driver on the left than it is on the right.  The tach is not facing the driver squarely it’s slightly turned to the right following the curve of the whole dash. 

 

I think they wanted the dash curved a little to sweep back at the doors so the pad on the dash would meet the pad on the doors in a smooth arc.

To do that, starting from the centerline, the dash has to start curving back by the time you reach the point where the instruments are mounted.

At any rate, if you're driving a Speedster properly, you're bouncing around in your seat way too much to notice.

 

 

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