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60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? #4104727 05/23/16 07:55 PM
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When i was a kid in the 70's a friend had an old Station Wagon either a Buick or an Oldsmobile with a speedometer that was just a line that appeared and every so many MPH it would change color.. Does anyone know what vehicle this was in?


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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: crazyoildude] #4104733 05/23/16 08:06 PM
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Buick ribbon speedo. My mother had two Electra 225's in the 1960's and both had the ribbon speedometers that changed color as the speed increased.

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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: crazyoildude] #4104734 05/23/16 08:08 PM
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My grandparents had a Super 88 that had it. I think it was a 58.


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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: crazyoildude] #4104736 05/23/16 08:10 PM
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All Oldsmobiles featured the "speed bar" speedometer. Introduced in 1959, the speedometer used a rolling black cylinder with sections painted brilliant green, yellow and bright red. As the car went from a standing stop forward in speed, the cylinder rolled, first exposing the green in a window that matched the numeric speed on stationary speed dial for low speeds, yellow at moderate speeds, and finally red at highway speeds. Drivers who topped the car over 100 mph moved the cylinder into an area where only the black base color was visible. For 1963, Oldsmobile would revert to a standard speed needle sweeping over a calibrated set of speeds instead.

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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: jhs914] #4104754 05/23/16 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted By: jhs914
Buick ribbon speedo. My mother had two Electra 225's in the 1960's and both had the ribbon speedometers that changed color as the speed increased.
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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: crazyoildude] #4104757 05/23/16 08:41 PM
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I did a Google search and couldn't find any pictures of this speedo. frown


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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: crazyoildude] #4104758 05/23/16 08:41 PM
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1961 Buick Electra 225:

Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: dishdude] #4104773 05/23/16 09:00 PM
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I could not find it in the google search either.. I always thought that was so cool when i was a kid and even now...


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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: crazyoildude] #4104775 05/23/16 09:02 PM
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That was back when the gear shift was: P-N-D-L-R. It made doing reverse change ups a breeze, which made for tons of bias ply tire smoke! Ah, the good old days....


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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: double vanos] #4104781 05/23/16 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted By: double vanos
That was back when the gear shift was: P-N-D-L-R. It made doing reverse change ups a breeze, which made for tons of bias ply tire smoke! Ah, the good old days....


whoa that would take a bit to get used to! were other old cars like that?


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Re: 60's GM S/W With Speedometer That Changed Color ?? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4104785 05/23/16 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
All Oldsmobiles featured the "speed bar" speedometer. Introduced in 1959, the speedometer used a rolling black cylinder with sections painted brilliant green, yellow and bright red.


When I was a kid, we had a '59 Oldsmobile with that speedometer. I always tried to talk dad into driving the car "in the red".

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These are the only color changing speedos I remember. Forget the orange 55, aim for 145!



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''whoa that would take a bit to get used to! were other old cars like that?"

Lots of late 50s and early 60s GM cars had reverse all the way down like that! Trying to think when they went to the P-R-N-D-L set up. Our next door neighbors' 63 Impala had the later set up, but growing up a lot of my friends drove old Oldmobiles and Buicks that had reverse all the way down. Back then Buicks had tons of torque ( and 8 mpg ) and tire smoke shows were the norm!


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My grandfather had a 1959 or 1969 Mercedes Benz with a color changing speedo. I think at mid speeds it was red and yellow stripes, then red over a certain speed. Also had 4 on the tree, a steering column manual shifter for a 4 speed transmission.

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Originally Posted By: abycat
Originally Posted By: double vanos
That was back when the gear shift was: P-N-D-L-R. It made doing reverse change ups a breeze, which made for tons of bias ply tire smoke! Ah, the good old days....


whoa that would take a bit to get used to! were other old cars like that?


That's why PRNDL was turned into law, and why Chrysler had to give up their pushbutton transmission. And why in some old TV shows they show someone driving through their garage--I don't think "all" automatics were PNDLR, so when buying a new car one could get "bit" by that change.


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