Name That Car Clock: VDO Analog With Fuel and Temperature Gauges

name that car clock vdo analog with fuel and temperature gauges

Yesterday, we saw a majestic Cartier chronometer out of a ’76 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, which was a pretty easy call for many of you. Today’s NTCC contestant should be a little more difficult, though it should be an obvious call to certain single-marque-obsessed types. Make your guess, then make the jump to see what it is. Year/make/model?

1984 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg Edition

The VDO name indicates that it’s probably from something European, and the built-in gas and temp gauges smack of VW-ness. It’s a bit subdued for the mid-1980s, but VW never went for Mitsubishi-grade wild gauges. Did you get it right? If not, what did you think it was?



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  • Ciddyguy Ciddyguy on Mar 01, 2012

    Saw the Cartier clock post but somehow missed this one and I'm not the only one who did. I have known that VDO gauges were used in VW's for years, going back to at least the 60's. Back when the Beetle (old one that is) were still manufactured, the speedo had the idiot lights and the one, lone turn signal indicator within it's confines but later in the late 60's IIRC, they incorporated the gas gauge in at the bottom with the 3 idiot lights right above it. My best friend once had a base '77 Rabbit that had no clock or tach, just the large, single speedo and i think it had the gas gauge incorporated within, all other idiot lights were large rectangular things along one side, including the SINGLE turn signal indicator. That was a neat little 3 door bright yellow rabbit and the only options was the Golde hand cranked sunroof (broken, a stripped gear) and perhaps the AM radio was the only other option and it even had the basic argent wheels with the black rubber center caps. Sadly, he had issues with it and sold it off (this WAS bought used in the mid to late 80's but it looked really nice otherwise) and that owner took it to LA and it got totaled I think on the way or while down there.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Mar 04, 2012

    The square headlights indicate this is a Westmoreland, PA Rabbit and those cars were "adjusted" for American consumption. In other other words they were slightly more bland vehicles compared to their European cousins. I had an '84 Rabitt 'vert and it came with tach, speedo, digital clock, oil temp and oil pressure, water temp, and volts. Much more stylish. ;) Sold that car with 190K miles on it and the car had alot of miles left in it. Regularly drove it on the autostrada at 100+ mph for hours. It was an American spec, Germany produced car that I owned in Italy.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
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