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JAGUAR D-TYPE INTERIOR VIEW

JAGUAR D-TYPE INTERIOR VIEW

Palm Springs, CA

Note the full complement of gauges in the D-type's interior. The three-spoke wood steering wheel was one of the most dangerous aspects of the car for any driver. Further to the left of the driver is the car's key-type ignition, but not many cars of the era had a petcock within the driver's reach to turn the fuel flow on or off as does this D-type. Also visible under the tarp to driver's left is part of a rudimentary "cage" safety system; in those days, they called them "Petty bars", at least in NASCAR, because of efforts by Lee Petty and his son, Richard, to improve driver safety by having a full roll cage in a race car. We won't say much about what appear to be classic British "Lucas" gauges ... Except to repeat just one old joke --- That a Lucas headlamp switch has three positions: Dim, flicker and off.

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