By on March 8, 2012

I’ve started this series with all analog clocks, but I think I’m going to dip into my extensive collection of digital automotive timepieces pretty soon. For today, however, we’ll stay old-school with another hand-equipped unit. This one has some heavy-duty-upscale Roman numerals and the right-turn signal indicator built in, so you know it came from a car that at least aspired to prestige (though it’s not a Ford Aspire). Study this clock, make your best guess, and then click the “More” link to see if you had it right.

1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V

Really, what else could this clock have come from? Malaise Lincolns have certain characteristics that carry through to the gauges.

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29 Comments on “Name That Car Clock: Square Analog With Roman Numerals...”


  • avatar
    stottpie

    awesome, i hate it when things have the roman numeral for 4 written as “IIII”

  • avatar
    Acd

    Actually that’s the downsized Panther based Mark VI from the early 1980′s.

    • 0 avatar
      Moparman426W

      I’m glad it’s not a Mark V, it would be a shame to see one in the boneyard. No one cares about a Mark VI though.

      • 0 avatar
        Johnster

        The front end of this car is a 1980 or 81 Lincoln Continental or a 1982 to 89 Lincoln Town Car. (Beginning with the 1982 model year the Lincoln Continental name was given to the replacement for the Lincoln Versailles. The 1982 Continental used the “Fox” chassis that was shared with the Ford Fairmont and its numerous other derivatives. And after that all the big Lincolns became Town Cars.)

        I don’t have enough of a view to tell for certain if the car is actually a ’80 to ’89 Continental/Town Car or a ’80 to ’83 Mark VI. It sort of looks like it is a Mark VI with a Continental/Town Car front end clip. You can see that the paint on the hood and front fenders is just a little different, a little lighter in color, than that on the door and the rear of the car. In comparison, the front end clip of a 1980 to 83 Mark VI featured concealed headlamps.

        The Continental Mark VI was offered in both 2 and 4-door body-styles. The Mark VI 2-door shared the same 114″ wheelbase as the full-sized Ford LTD/LTD Crown Victoria/Crown Victoria and the full-sized Mercury Marquis/Grand Marquis while the Mark VI 4-door shared the longer 117″ wheelbase with the full-sized Lincoln Continental/Town Car.

        Note that this car features front vent windows which were an option on quite a few Ford products up through the ’80s.

    • 0 avatar
      caltemus

      I can’t tell if it’s a coupe or sedan, but that is a dead ringer for my ’89 Town Car, and I thought the Mark’s had flip up headlights. It also doesn’t have the “Mark” badge on the front of the grille. Maybe an 83 or 84, I think that’s when the got rid of “Town Car” above the lights, but that might just be missing.

  • avatar
    Ubermensch

    I guessed 1970s Lincoln… hooray for me!

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Why are the clocks on these Lincolns so darned prominent? Thats where a Tach would be if it had a manual.

  • avatar
    sastexan

    That’s 100% Town Car, not a continental. Similar to what I was trying to link to the other day with the other Town Car clock (the parts bin special looking one). This one looks like an ’84 or ’85 (pre-’84 had a “Town Car” emblem in script over one of the headlights).

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    That clock reeks of brougham-y goodness…

    Almost makes me sad that my 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham had a digital clock in the radio instead of a beauty like this… :)

  • avatar
    joeaverage

    I drove one of these when I was a teen. Drove it across town for a neighbor. Then up the mtn where we lived. NO THANKS!

    The thing was a barge.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      I have the “pleasure” of having it’s grandchild out in the hotel parking lot this week, courtesy of Hertz. Still a wallowing barge. A 2011 “Signature Limited” in Mafia staff-car/Livery service standard black on black. Its only redeeming virtue is heated seats for these chilly CO Springs mornings. Otherwise it is the definition of awful to anyone who actually likes driving or appreciates finely engineered machinery. How do you make a suspension that jiggles stiffly AND wallows at the same time? And here at 6000ft I think a 3yo on a tricycle could outrun the thing.

  • avatar
    CRConrad

    Woohoohoo, got it right!

    Well, the brand, if not exactly the model: “Gotta be a Lincoln, they’re called Continentals and whatnot, aren’t they?”

    How did I know? Precisely the kind of clock Frank Cannon had in his car! (Yeah, I know he had a two-door “coupe”, with a fake spare-tyre bump on the boot, i.e, must’a been a Continental; and not a four-door like in the pics above. But, hey, good enough for a Scandalahoovian.)

  • avatar
    KitaIkki

    That’s not 1979 and it’s not Mark V.

    That’s a 1980+ Lincoln Town Car.

  • avatar
    dartman

    Murilee…I luv ya guy; and I know what you are capable of; (Impala Hell) but it’s time to cry calf-rope and bull-shit..loudly. Give me a break, first it’s pictures of semi-interesting cars in junk yards, and NOW… a bunch of old clocks from same?! Dude, you are just going thru the motions…the emperor has no clothes. We deserve better, and I know you are capable of better.

  • avatar
    rpol35

    I have to say, as a former collector of obscure things, that auto clock collecting is a neat hobby. I’ve always been intrigued by mechanical/analog auto clocks. My ’68 Chevy has the original (Bendix?) clock though I converted the mechanism to a quartz drive long ago. It looks exactly the same and the hands move in the same manner as when original, it just keeps excellent time which it never did before.

    Great series, please keep it up.

  • avatar
    sansui

    as Jack explains this is a 2 door Lincoln town coupe/Continental coupe

    something this rare deserves a *junkyard find* designation

    they were only made in 1980-1981…it deserves more respect then this

  • avatar
    Joe McKinney

    They should try Roman Numerals on MyFord Touch.

  • avatar
    obbop

    “If it’s a quarter after two, why don’t you just tell me it’s 2:30!”

    In the shanty a quarter after would be 2:25 but that’s due to having to make every quarter count and there are luckily more quarters in the retirement fund coffee can than any other amassed funds.


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