Here we have a VERY RARE 1950s Airguide VISI-DOME Auto Compass in its original box! The pale brown plastic compass with metal mounting arm was never installed in a car and it looks brand new! On a third close inspection we found a nearly invisible 25 mm (1 inch) hair-line crack in the plastic base near the mounting arm. At some moment in time someone must have tried to manipulate the mounting-arm with force without loosening the fixating-screws. The Airguide compasses were made in the USA from about 1930. The compasses used special Alnico-V magnets which were used in aviation compasses. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of this 65 years old dashboard instrument. Auto compasses always have to be adjusted with the North – South / East – West screw-adjusters in the bottom of the housing.
Compasses of this kind would typically be fitted to American cars and European sports cars which were exported to the USA. This compass would be a true neck-turner in your Austin Healey 100 / 3000, Jaguar XK, Mercedes-Benz SL and other classic car of the 1950s! A beautiful, very decorative and very rare motoring item. “Enjoy the ride!”