Europe (except GB) = Km/h, I guess all of these km/h european countries require odometers on mph imported cars converted to km/h in order to pass MOT inspections.
As to why reset to 0, can´t answer that as these are not my instruments.
Yep, MO ispection is the first reason to convert them. A second reason is the consistency with all the rest: the car is being restored according to the European specs.
"why do people reset the speedo's to 0 miles/kms?" Well this is a good question. I'd also like to start from the point where the car was set-aside, but first: what does the number 34856? means? (1)34856? (2)34856? Second, having converted the instruments to Km/h, it no longer makes sense. Finally, this is not a preserved car, it will be a restored
to "new" condition car... in a word, this will no longer be the car than once, but something different, that is the result of a compromise between fidelity to factory specifications and practical needs.
Back to the comparison between palo alto gauges and mines, sometimes I really appreciated their work (as in the pathung gauges
); in other cases, I have some doubt about the correctness of the work performed. Given that the most important thing is the istruments mechanics (and on this point I can only say that I hope that they work), also aesthetic aspects are important. What the hell is this paint? Why not the original zinc plating?
On the other hand, reading this thread
I realized that the waiting time to get the restored gauges back is very long, and that prices can be up to $2000
I would like to clarify a few things about my gauges: first, the complete restoration took only two months; second, the price has increased till almost € 1000 for two reasons: the mechanics had practically to be thrown away, then was partly restored and partly replaced with NOS componets, and the conversion to Km/h. Another member of the group brought his instruments in better condition and does not want the conversion kmh, well he spent a little over half of what I spent. Same excellent quality: