By on May 4, 2012

Nearly two months have gone by since the last Name That Car Clock challenge (a Lincoln Town Car timepiece of uncertain vintage), but I’ve got dozens of additional car clocks in my collection of junkyard prizes. Today, we’ve got a tough one— a generic-looking analog flanked by oil-pressure and ammeter gauges in an underdash cluster. Quartz car clocks have been around since at least the early 1970s, and this one doesn’t show any country-of-origin identifiers. Before you make the jump, make your best guess about the year/make/model of the car from which I extracted this chronometer.

1981 Isuzu I-Mark Diesel

I told you this would be a tough one! The LeMons Supreme Court had the use of this car at the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis 24 Hours of LeMons a couple of weeks back, and all of us found ourselves falling in love with this terribly rough basket-case “Japanese Chevette.” The car was dragged to the race in Michigan after spending many years as a much-abused farm car in Maryland, with the idea that it would serve as an engine-donor car for the Index of Effluency-winning Zero Budget Racing Chevette Diesel, but Zero Budget has since decided that they would cage the I-Mark and race it side-by-side with the Chevette. It looks like hell, only the E-brake worked (until we made a miscreant LeMons team bleed the brakes as a punishment) and the interior is full of squirrel poop and acorn hoards, but the diesel fires right up and chugs along happily.


Here I am taking my Judgemobile for a spin around the Gingerman paddock, captured via a GoPro taped to the end of a broomstick stuck in the grille. As you might guess, the owner of the I-Mark gave me the OK to pull the cluster containing the clock for my collection.

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5 Comments on “Name That Car Clock: Black Quartz Analog...”


  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Such gauges unde cluster had me thinking Audi fox until I spotted the missing vdo logo.

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    I was thinking Vega for some reason. Or Monza.. Both wrong.

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    redmondjp

    Well, I was thinking early 1980s Japanese, so I guessed Mazda.

    If that I-Mark has the same engine used in the diesel Luv pickups, you can’t kill the things. The Seattle newspapers well up through the 1990s had perpetual wanted ads for diesel Luv pickups – I think they were being used for delivery vehicles and landscaping.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Wow, I thought I knew all the diesels, but I didn’t know this one; and that’s embarrassing because it was once a Curbside Classic:

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/curbside-classic-1982-isuzu-i-mark-diesel/

  • avatar
    Kevin Kluttz

    I said Chevette!!! Half right!


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