The term binnacle, originally bittacle, is a corruption of the Portuguese abitacolo, to denote the housing enclosing the compass, probably originating with the Portuguese navigators.
Some machines have an instrument binnacle mounted on the fuel tank with the filler cap or caps offset to one or both sides.
The backs of the front seats have elasticated pockets for the children's bits and pieces and a small binnacle on each door.
The oscillator was rotated by a brass wheel on the side of the compass binnacle, the two being connected by a steel cable.
The car's primary gages are contained within a single round instrument binnacle - similar to the hot rods of the era.