Your dashboard is the most important piece of art on your classic car. It’s always staring you in the face, so it has to look good. We restore a lot of dashboards, and I have compiled a photo essay below for your enjoyment.
It’s helpful to have some empathy for Bugeye dashboards. They spent their first forty of so years as strictly utilitarian switch and gauge holders. Many of us are guilty of sinking extra holes for switches or extra gauges over the years. But now that our little cars have become much more precious (and valuable), the original dashboard with everything in the correct original location has become the gold standard on a nicely restored car.
There is still room for well-placed accessories with period-correct products and style. But most of the restored dashboards we now make involve welding-up all errant holes and starting with the original configuration and components.