Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stewart Warner, The King of Gauges

There has never been an equal to the impact of the Stewart Warner gauge company on hod rod and race instrumentation, in both impact and ubiquitousness as with this legendary company's products. Since the 30's, SW has provided the top-end race instruments, stock factory gauges, and custom calibrated speedometers, tachometers and more. 
This is part one of that story...

 The late 1940's to late 1950's was the height of Stewart Warner's popularity in hot rod gauge use. They were everywhere, used in Allards...

From the 40's

To the 50's

and Fords...

1934 Ford Stewart Warner speedometer

And even Police cars...

   In the next update, we'll take a look at the early incarnations, and why they took command of the race market so easily.

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