Chick – I think you bring up a valid point. You probably did the same thing I did and punched-in the advanced search. There are a ton of threads on the topic and all indications lead to more than one finish; especially when you consider the number of differences in opinions among seasoned vets.
What really throws a wrench in this discussion is viewing your pic, John's and Charlie's. Yours on this thread and John & Charlie's on the thread you pasted. What really catches my eye is Charlie's (reply 30). You can't ask for much more than what He's shown; unmolested, low mileage, & obvious care from 40+ years of exposure which clearly illustrates a suede finish identical to the dash. Perhaps someone else has a similar well kept low mileage car who can snap a couple of pics we can view. The more the merrier and preferably from both plants. Since time impacts finishes, other pics must come from well preserved cars like Charlie's. Just one guys opinion but one I would use to make my own determination.
On the down side, someone else could photograph Charlie's car & 5 XS out of 10 it would appear as another finish. Oh well, good topic and I look forward to other responses.