Via Veloce by Wille R. www.veloce.se since November 1995 and still here.
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Again, all five dials in the 1750 Veloce cockpit were the Italian-made Jaeger brand, with lettering in Italian for most markets, but in English for right-hand drive cars. In a main hooded binnacle with a crackle-black finish directly in front of the driver sat the two main chrome dials, a speedometer and rev counter, both of them in black with white lettering and white needles. Testers continually remarked on the unusual feature of small stops to prevent the needles returning to zero on either dial
To remove the dash: First mark and disconnect all wires including the speedo and rpm cables- both should unscrew by hand. Next unscrew two screws that attach the heater adjustment assembly to the bottom of the dash. Next undo two bolts, one each end of the dash. Undo two screws holding the choke/hand throttle assembly. Next, unscrew three connectors (should be wing nuts) under the dash which connect the top to the car. There is one behind the RPM counter, one in the centre rear of the dash and one behind the glove box. The whole thing should then lift out. Replacement is the reverse, but getting the dash top to stay in the right place is a fiddle.
The effective twin-dial binnacle ahead of the driver was retained, as well as the angled minor dials. Only minor changes were made in this area. First of these was the appearance of an extra warning light between the upper pair, to indicate low engine oil pressure. Also the wording next to the warning light in the rev counter was changed to 'GENERAT' instead of 'DINAMO', reflecting the change to an alternator under the bonnet. The rev counter also had its red line starting from 5600rpm or 6.300rpm. All the gauges were supplied either by Jaeger or Borletti, but were identical. Again the gauges were available in Italian or English wording. For the Japanese market only (where right-hand drive Spiders were sold), there were slightly different water temperature and oil pressure gauges.
The fan switch was resituated from its previous remote position on the far side of the radio panel to a place closer to the instrument binnacle (directly above the dash panel light switch). This left only one toggle switch on the main dashboard, on the near side of the radio cover panel, operating the windscreen wipers (which were two-speed). In German market cars (as well as in America) there was also a combined hazard warning light and switch in the dash.
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