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 Post subject: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:45 pm 
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I found this beautiful item at Bingley Hall yesterday. I know I have seen one like it before in (I think) a Speedwell dash. Hopefully someone can enlighten me. It has no SN number but is brand new in a green Smiths box.
Some who know me will be aware that I have a weakness for unusual Mini speedos so I was happy to pay quite a lot of money for this. It's another for the display cabinet. Image


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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:39 pm 
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In one of those little A5 JH Haynes "Mini Tuning" books there is a speedo similar to that one, Its either in a Speedwell or Alexander kit. Not sure the one in the book goes up to 120 though.

I'll have a look this evening and post something in the morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:52 pm 
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Not identical but bloody close;

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Early Speedwell kit.

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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:38 pm 
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Thanks Mark. That might be the pic i'm thinking of. That one clearly has a Morris Minor needle so might be gold rather than silver. I'll check some of my 60's tuning books.


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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:01 pm 
Definately an early Morris Mini-Minor centre and needle fitted on it.
speedwheel posted a speedwell 120mph speedo earlier here,
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1773

Pics of an early Morris Mini-Minor speedo here, but both have an sn number, and "Made in England" at the bottom in two different positions(anorak time!),

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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:05 am 
Early Austin Seven/Mini speedo with their different needle, for comparison,

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link, excellent photos of 1959 Austin Seven, exported to Sweden, badged as an Austin 850 de Luxe,
http://www.mpmoke.se/1959Mini/index.html


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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:29 am 
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The one that Len shows appears to be gold in colour and certainly has the MM needle, so i'm thinking maybe my silver 120 (which uses the same font as that) might be very rare indeed.
Perhaps Len has an opinion ?


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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:37 am 
nick, yours is definately a very early speedo because it does not have a tenth of a mile odometer reading.

The two Morris Mini-Minor speedos are an early one at top, and an even earlier one at the bottom picture without a tenths readout, like the swedish 1959 Austin above - but tenths of a Km that is for there, of course.


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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:05 pm 
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Hi Nick, sent pm,

The early original Speedwell speedo's were converted from the Morris Minor or A35 speedo's that's why they have that silvery light brown colour on the face of the speedo and the Minor speedo needle.

I have not seen one like Nick's speedo, but who's to say it could be a later Speedwell version before the Cooper 'S' came out or it could be from another early Tuning compamy.

Len.


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 Post subject: Re: Help jog my memory.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:01 am 
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Nick, the font of the digits certainly is MM-style but this is for sure not a MM speedo as they don't go upto 120...

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