[Help Requested] Vintage Dashboard unknown, model? car?

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I'm looking for the following car part, it's a dashboard piece (note the speedometer and turn signal elements)

http://images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/398720/Dashboard_Speedo_TurnSignals1 .jpg

As far as I've been told it might have been from a mustang (60s?) but I contacted quite a few dealers, please help me identify the original car brand.

I think it might be a UK model? 60-70s?

Thanks to anyone who is able to help.


posted by  JohnnyHIC

Is there any casting numbers in it? or any identifying marks?.........

While I admit it does look like it could be a dash piece...do you know for certain it is automotive related? Can you give any background info as to how you found it?

More info would help.

posted by  corbett_auto

Hi, thanks for the reply. Well this piece is actually from a movie prop, The famous Han Solo in Carbonite from the Star Wars movies. I've always wanted to make one as much as possible to the real deal, and these side panels are said to have been cast from a car dashboard.

As a fan of "finding" the real thing, I've been looking via car forums in finding at least one real one (not to break apart put to use as a "this is the original piece" kinda thing.)

I've heard for a while that people thought it might have been from a mustang? All those leads have lead nowhere (always telling me the speedometers were round and no turnsignals on the panel?)

I think it might also be a UK branded car and looking at the period of making the movie it might have been 70s? (the movie dates from 1980).

As this is a recast of a kit it has no numbers what so ever :-(

I've enclosed some more pictures to show the details and other angles.

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2977/carbonitepanel1pg0.th.jpg (http://img515.imageshack.us/my.php?image=carbonitepanel1pg0.jpg)
(original prop piece)

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/5679/heropanel030502bjm2.th.jpg (http://img530.imageshack.us/my.php?image=heropanel030502bjm2.jpg)
(kit piece, from which mine was a remold)

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/2417/heropanel030502dzw0.th.jpg (http://img214.imageshack.us/my.php?image=heropanel030502dzw0.jpg)
(kit piece, from which mine was a remold - comparison)

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/1670/carbonitepanelzm9.th.jpg (http://img530.imageshack.us/my.php?image=carbonitepanelzm9.jpg)
(reference to car dashboard and turnsignals)

Size is roughtly : 34.607cm x 13.017cm

Thanks again everybody who's willing to help !


posted by  JohnnyHIC

From what I know about Lucas and the way he did things, you may never have all the pieces to this puzzle. He was a canable...so while the turn signals may be from a Mustang...the rest could have been made up from as many as 3, 4 or 5 different cars....

One thing you might want to try is taking a stroll through a few old wrecking yards that have cars back into the 60's & 70's.

Good luck!

posted by  corbett_auto

Hi, you're right about the " odds and ends to making props " but this piece is one complete set. I looked at the original at the expo quite a few time and it is just one piece.

In regards to search car junkyards, again you're right, however it's a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack right?

If I do find I'll definitely let you know.


posted by  JohnnyHIC

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