Often wondered why they used different colors, especially when the gauges are so hard to see when driving anyway.....
Yes, I agree. It's a poor design at best. Hard to see in the daytime, let alone at night!
When I pulled mine to replace the front floor pans, I went ahead and restored them (which basically consisted of repainting the horibbly faded needles and replacing the 45 year old bulbs, which had 45 years of dust on them), and although it's MUCH
better now, it's still hard to see at night. Especially with my ancient eyes! I carry a cheap Harbor Freight flashlight in the console just to verify what I THINK I'm seeing!
Why Chevrolet decided to use black face gauges on the Nova makes even less sense. Not only are they even MORE difficult to see, you would have thought, to save money, they would have used the same silver as the Camaro.