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I’m not exactly certain what you’re saying, but in April 1971, as part of a substantial mid-year facelift (a.k.a., the Modell 1971), the “silver dollar” gauges — large silver disc in the center — were replaced by simple black gauges with a narrow silver surrounding ring. The cluster and gauges below are found on ‘02’s from April 1971 through August 1973.

 

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Steve

 

 

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The all chrome cluster surrounds, as pictured in the 1967 1600 ad above were only used on US-bound cars in 1966 and '67.  With the beginning of the 1968 model year, one of the new Federal safety standards was eliminating bright chrome trim where it could cause glare in the driver's eyes.  Thus the dull-finished wiper arms and blades on '68 and later US spec cars.  That also caused the factory to paint over the chrome surround on the gauges at the beginning of the '68 model year for the same reason--so all US spec 2002s with "silver dollar" instruments have black gauge surrounds, and dull chrome on the three instrument bezels and around the edge.  

 

I have some road tests that were published early in 1968--just before the 2002 became available in the US and they show black instrument surrounds.  These must have been the first US spec cars to arrive in the States as press pool cars so the inference is that they were all done that way.  The earliest '68 VIN I've seen is 1660495 and it had a black instrument surround, as did 1660900, which I parted out 30+ years ago.

 

Hope that clears things up.

 

mike

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This is from the 1970 2002 Riveria from the e bay ad   housing and bezels with chrome trim thin   

 

 

Want to clear up something so we can all call the parts the same name     For around the gauges, let's call that the bezel and for the gauge housing ( the squarish box that holds all the gauges )  the housing   just for this thread  

Pretty clear now for the years on the bezels but still not 100% on the housing

 

Thanks, Rick

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3 hours ago, stephers said:

Want to clear up something so we can all call the parts the same name     For around the gauges, let's call that the bezel and for the gauge housing ( the squarish box that holds all the gauges )  the housing   just for this thread  

Pretty clear now for the years on the bezels but still not 100% on the housing

Housings were all chrome only on '66 and '67 1600s for the US market.  All US spec 2002s (which first arrived in the US around April 1968) had black housings, and those with silver dollar instruments (pre "modell 71" cars) had a dull chrome trim around the housing edge and on the three instrument bezels.

 

mike

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