1979 Daimler DS420 Dashboard
The walnut burl veneer dash features Right Hand drive (although some Left
Hand Drive models were manufactured, these are relatively rare). The
instrument cluster has a large tachometer, speedometer, analog clock,
fuel, battery charge, oil pressure, and water temperature gauges. This
instrument cluster is substatially identical to the Jaguar Mark X, with
the exception of the heater controls on the lower section. The heating vents
are controlled by a three position vacuum operated switch labelled "off/air/heat"
and two small knobs down by the driver and passenger's feet on the outer walls
of the car which operate fresh air vents. When the "heat" button is depressed,
air is driven downward towards your knees in the front compartment. When the
"air" button is depressed, a large vent opens in front of the windscreen
and air is forced into the car as the car travels down the road. There are
vents on the interior near the windscreen that are fan-driven. Note that
the operation of the front heater does nothing to heat the rear passenger
area, which has its own system.
A large glove
box is on the left of the dashboard. Under the dash on the right side is the bonnet release
(labelled "bonnet") and the manual choke (labelled "choke"). Of course,
the bonnet and choke handles are exactly the same shape... Under the dash on
the left side is the optional air conditioning unit for the front. The rear air
conditioning unit is located in the boot (trunk) and blows air through
vents on the rear parcel shelf.