Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Asymmetrical Instrument Binnacles

Car designers (usually) work hard to arrange the driver’s cockpit an orderly, coherent, attractive manner. The understandable result is that the overwhelming majority of instrument panels are laid out symmetrically. Sure, the actual gauges will differ from one side to the other, but in general, one side of the instrument panel will be mirrored by the other. But sometimes, a design team deliberately mixes things up, not only arranging the components asymmetrically, but actually giving the dash panel an asymmetrical binnacle. How many? Good question, if I do say so myself. How many cars can the Hooniverse Hivemind come up with?
The Caveats (there are always caveats):

  • It should be obvious, not subtle. We want noticeably and deliberately asymmetrical examples.
  • We’re talking about the overall shape of the instrument panel, not just the arrangement of the instruments within it. An odd number of idiot lights or squeezing the gas gauge into the bottom of the tach on one side won’t cut it.

Difficulty: Neither super easy nor particularly difficult. So moderate it’s the Joe Lieberman of Hoonatica entries.
How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates. Bonus points for adding photos. Remember, you can simply paste in the raw image URL now, thanks to the magic of Disqus.
Image Source: ExtremeTech.com (It’s an attractively cropped version of a GM interior press photo.)

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  1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    I submit for clarity. When it’s canted like this. Symmetrical? Because the half arch obviously is, but it’s not as a overall design.
    Saturn Ion.

    1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

      Which the calls into question the Toyota Echo (We had customers call then the “EE-ChO” from time to time)

  2. engineerd Avatar

    Whenever this topic arises, I think of Ferrari for some reason. Here’s a 612 Scaglietti.

  3. engineerd Avatar

    The Mini Cooper…it’s either asymmetrical or overly symetrical.

    1. pj134 Avatar

      I would go with overly, kind of like the 06+ civic dash.

      1. Surfer Sandman Avatar
        Surfer Sandman

        It was part of the appeal for my purchase of a 2009 Civic. I find it easier to read large numbers.

  4. JayP Avatar

    Asymmetrical in that one cluster is rotary, the other buttons.
    Screw it- I saw this on googlepics and had to share…

  5. Peter Barrett Avatar
    Peter Barrett

    The Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT delighted in putting the tach in front of the driver, because what else do you need to know? And the speedo in front of the passenger, to impress them I guess.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    Asymmetrical barnacles? They all form somewhat randomly.

    1. Cameron Vanderhorst Avatar
      Cameron Vanderhorst

      What the heck was that? Lexus? Old Toyota Soarer?

  7. tonyola Avatar

    1969 fullsize Ford.

    1. salguod Avatar

      Assuming that Disqus doesn’t reorder things, this strikes me as the first to actually satisfy the post. The Alfa is close, but is more two separate binnacles rather than a single, asymmetric binnacle. The others seem pretty much symmetric.

  8. Manic_King Avatar

    Instrument binnacle which is asymmetrical if you only compare upper half to lower half.
    1972 Maserati Boomerang

    1. jim Avatar

      An earlier (?) version of the concept had an even more batshit-crazy interior

    1. Tiller188 Avatar

      (In better keeping with the spirit of question, I suppose I should have posted the production/street-car Ford GT cockpit, but…)

  9. 0A5599 Avatar

    When switching from a Mopar E body standard cluster (pictured) to the symmetrical Rally instrument cluster, it also requires a change to the HVAC controls and lower trim, unless you don’t mind a hole where the speedometer used to hang.

  10. Lokki Avatar

    When the question is “Wierd?” the answer is alway Fiat Multipla.

    1. jim Avatar

      I agree. But the binnacle itself isn’t actually asymmetrical…

      1. JayP Avatar

        Ha- those vents to the right look like a man with a bad combover.

  11. engineerd Avatar

    Suzuki Alto. They obviously forgot something and stuck it on when they remembered what it was.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      I dig that!

  12. Sjalabais Avatar

    One-eyed Renault Twingo asks: Who woke me up?

  13. 0A5599 Avatar

    Hood tachometers are not even inside the car, and typically offset on the hood to be in front of the driver.

    1. Peter Barrett Avatar
      Peter Barrett

      This thing needs to make a comeback.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I never even knew this was a thing. Freaktastically wasteful!

  14. Jaap Avatar

    Citroen GS

  15. salguod Avatar

    The photo is the post is the Chevy Sonic, the Spark is similarly asymmetric (2013 pictured):
    As was the prior version (2011 pictured):

  16. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    The Maurader was probably the better example of the asymmetrical Ford design. It was a smooth sweeping line, but it fell away at the passenger airbag, not rounding down to form symmetry.

  17. Citric Avatar

    The Ford F1 was pretty deliberately asymmetrical. Picture from a 1948 one.

  18. tonyola Avatar

    Alfa 2600 – strip dials with an off-center round tach.

  19. Xedicon Avatar

    Someone pointed out to me once that the Sonic dash almost perfectly draws a penis. The Tach is the balls and um, goes up from there (left to right). Once you see it you cannot un-see it!

  20. Tiller188 Avatar

    Trying again, because my original attempt got eaten…the Scaglietti reminded me that I’ve always liked the RX-7 (FC and FD) dash layouts, as well:

    1. Tiller188 Avatar

      er…”We’re talking about the overall shape of the instrument panel, not just the arrangement of the instruments within it.”
      …my bad.

  21. Citric Avatar

    Toyota seemed to get most adventurous with their minivans, here’s the oddly shaped second gen Estima interior.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Every time these get mentioned, I’m sad we don’t get to buy updated versions here.

  22. ptschett Avatar

    Since it’s Tuesday in some parts of the world, and roughly the 10th anniversary of the day I bought the one I used to ride: Kawasaki KLR650 (’87-’07).