Digital dashboards



Everybody knows the normal, simple car dashboards. A nice needle showing your speed, the amount of revolutions per minute, how far you drove, etcetera. It's simple, commonly used and for the manufacturer easy and cheap to produce.

These days however manufacturers start to opt for fully customizable TFT screens to display the car's information. Before these screens, little digital displays for the speedometer and odometer were already used. Is a complete digital dashboard cluster new? Surprisingly, several cars of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s were outfitted with digital dashboards. And in that time there were no TFTs yet!

How do they look and from which car are they from, this page tries to keep track of all these 'old' digital dashboards. Some have even installation information available, might you want modify it to install in your own car.

Do you know a digital dashboard which is not on this page, do you have more pictures, seen a video, do you have a schematic even? Please let me know! You can send a message by emailing to jkuckartz1984 -at- hotmail -dot- com. I do read and reply each of you.

Thanks to everybody who's contributing with images or model names to let this list grow! (Last update March 2014)


Youtube video working dash
Alfa Romeo 90 QO


Detail of dash
Other picture
Dash controls from above
Aston Martin Lagonda


Other picture 1
Picture of battery and temperature control
Page 1 of Audi book
Page 2 of Audi book
Youtube video working dash (green version)
Audi Quattro 20V, Coupe GT


Other picture
Buick Grand National (1987)


Buick Reatta (1988-1989


Picture including steering wheel 1
Picture including steering wheel 2
Buick Reatta (1990-1991)


Youtube video working dash
Buick Regal (1988)


Youtube video working dash (touchscreens!)
Buick Riviera (1987)


Close-up of speedo
Picture of full dash (with computers)
Cadillac Allanté (1987-1993)


Cadillac Cimarron (1986)


Cadillac de Ville


Cadillac Seville (1978)


Cadillac Seville (1986)


Chevrolet Astro (1995)


Page from Berlinetta book
Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta (1984)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
Detail of right side
Chevrolet Beretta


Youtube video working dash
Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 (1988-1994)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
Picture of 1984 dash (slightly different, hard to notice!)
Picture of complete dashboard
Youtube video working dash
Chevrolet Corvette (1985-1989)


Chevrolet S10


Chrysler Imperial (1982)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
Youtube video working dash
Chrysler Imperial (1990), Chrysler New Yorker


Chrysler Laser Turbo, Dodge 600ES (1984)


Picture of dash only
Chrysler Laser (1984-1985)


Chrysler Lebaron (1981)


Other picture
Chrysler Lebaron (1987-1988)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2 (Daytona)
Other picture 3 (Daytona)
Youtube video working dash
Chrysler Lebaron Turbo (1989), Dodge Daytona Shelby Z (1987)


Other picture
Youtube video working dash
Chrysler Town & Country (1991-1995)


Youtube video working dash
Citroen BX


Youtube video working dash
Citroen BX 16 TRS


C2 had an additional display
Citroen C2 (2003-2006) & C3 (2002-2006)


Citroen C2 & C3 (2006-)


Citroen C3 Picasso


Citroen C4 (2004-2010)


Overview of dashboard
Citroen C4 Picasso


Other picture
Youtube video working dash
Citroen GSA (looks digital, actually isn't)


Citroen Xsara Picasso


Cutlass Supreme


Other picture
Dodge Dakota


Other picture
Youtube video working dash
Dodge Daytona (1990-1995)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2 (distance)
Other picture 3 (distance)
Fiat Tempra, Fiat Tipo DGT


Fiat Uno Turbo


Picture of dash and steering wheel
Ford Aerostar (1988)


Ford Crown Victoria


Ford Fairmont


Other picture
Ford Probe LB (1989-1992)


Youtube video startup
Ford Taurus (1986-1989)


Youtube video working dash
Pinout connector A
Pinout connector B
Ford Taurus (1993?)


Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar (standard dash, 1987-1988)


Other picture
Youtube video working dash
Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar (full digital dash, 1987-1988)


Other picture
YouTube video working dash
Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar (1989-1993)


Ford Windstar (1995-1998)


GM Berlinetta


GM El Camino (custom built dash by Cyberdyne in 1984)


GM EV1


GM Blazer, Sonoma, Bravada (not sure)


Honda Civic E-AT (Japan only, 1984-1987)


Other picture European type
Other picture American type
Honda Civic (2006 and older)


Other picture
Honda Insight (1999-2006)


Honda Prelude (side monitors, 1991-1996)


Other picture, slightly different type
Other picture 2
Other picture 3
Other picture, blue lights
Youtube video working dash
Pinout for 2000 type
Pinout for 2000 type
Honda S2000


Jaguar XJ40 (1988-1990)


Other picture
Picture of car interior
Youtube video working dash
Lada Samara (only 1500 cars with this dash made, 1987–2004)
Part number: 43501.1 21093—3856010


Lamborghini Countach Prototype (1982)


Lancia Dedra


Lancia Orca (ItalDesign)


Lincoln Town Car (1991)


Other picture
Mazda 323 BG (1991)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
Mazda 323 GTX


Other picture
Youtube video working dash
Youtube video dash activation (mod in Festiva)
Mazda 626


Other picture
YouTube video working dash
Mazda 929


Maserati Quattroporte II


Mercury Grand Marquis (1992-1994)


YouTube video working dash
Mercury Villager


Other picture
YouTube video working dash
Same dash talking four languages
MG (Vanden Plas) Maestro 1600 (1983)


Detail of man on dash
Mitsubishi Cordia (1983)


Other picture
Mitsubishi Starion/Conquest (Chrysler, Plymouth, 1984-85)


Nissan 200SX


Overview including steering wheel
Detail picture
Nissan (Datsun) 280ZX Turbo GL (1983)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
YouTube video 1 working dash
YouTube video 2 working dash
Nissan 300ZX


Nissan Auster Bluebird


Nissan Maxima GXE (sedan only with Electronics Pkg, 1985-1988)


Youtube video dash being turned on
Nissan Maxima (1989-1994)


Youtube video working dash
Nissan NX1600 (1993)


Oldsmobile Toronado (1984-1985)


Other picture
YouTube video working computer (no digital dash)
Oldsmobile Toronado (1986-1992)


Opel (Chevrolet) Calibra


Other picture 1
Other picture 2, built into Opel Manta
Other picture 3, different design right display
Schematic
Table for schematic
Schematic for white plug (Dutch)
Schematic for black plug (Dutch)
Opel Monza GSE (1983-1986), Opel Kadett GSi

Manual for installation of a digital Opel dash (German)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
YouTube video working dash
Opel (Chevrolet) Senator, Opel Vectra 2000


Picture including steering wheel
Picture of dash overview
Pontiac 6000 STE (1987)


Similar dash, different revcounter (1987 GTA)
YouTube video working dash
Dashboard explanation sheet
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am


Other picture
Pontiac Trans Am Knightrider


YouTube video working dash (computer voice German)
Data-pdf file
Renault 11 TXE Electronic (Type 1, 1983)


Renault 11 TXE Electronic (Type 2)


Other picture
Renault 21 TXE Electronic


Renault Espace

  
Renault Twingo


Other picture
Subaru Leone (Loyale, GL) Turbo (1986)


Picture while driving
Subaru XT Review dash
YouTube video working dash
Subaru XT Turbo (1986)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
Suzuki Aerio (2002-2004)


Toyota Camry All Trac (not sure, 1989)


Toyota Celica (1987)


Other picture
Japanese book exerpt
Toyota Corolla AE86 (1985-1986), Toyota 4Runner


Toyota Cressida


Other picture
Toyota Crown


Other picture1
Other picture2
YouTube video working dash
Toyota Soarer


YouTube video working dash
Toyota Supra (1984)


Other picture 1
Other picture 2
YouTube video working dash
Toyota Supra (1986)


Toyota Yaris (2005-2010)


TV Tuscan Speed 6 (1999-2006)


Distant picture of complete dash
Picture of older type
YouTube video complete car, dash at 1:51
Vector W8


Prototype study page 1 (German)
Prototype study page 2 (German)
Prototype study page 3 (German)
Prototype study page 4 (German)
Prototype study page 5 (German)
Volkswagen Golf Prototype Studies


Other picture
YouTube video working dash
Volkswagen Golf GTI 8V (DigiFiz dash, 1983-1992)


Other picture
Volvo 700


Motorcycles




Honda Helix (1987)


Honda Goldwing (1984)


Kawasaki Voyager (1985)


Suzuki Burgman 650

There's even a bicycle with a digital dashboard. It's the Raleigh Vektar.

Other picture
YouTube video working dash

Special additions



These additions are not from the 80s, 90s or 00s, but are noteworthy for their design in digital dashboards. Many of these cars have some sort of electric drive (full electric or hybrid).


Jaguar C-X75 (2010)


Fisker Karma (2009)


Ford Fusion Hybrid (2010)


Other picture
Lamborghini Reventon (2008)


Nissan Leaf (2010)