Name That Car Clock: 2″ VDO Analog With Yellow Numbers

name that car clock 2 8243 vdo analog with yellow numbers

As we go through and attempt to identify the clocks in my junkyard-derived collection, our last NTCC challenger came from a 1987 Saab 900 Turbo. Today’s clock was also made by VDO, but it didn’t come from a Saab. This call will be tough, because plenty of cars got timepieces very similar to this one over the years. Make your guess as to the year/make/model, then make the jump to see how geeked-out a car-trivia expert you are.

1985 Porsche 944

Sorry, I didn’t shoot the junkyard car that donated this clock, so I used a shot of a rescued-from-a-junkyard LeMons 944. I’ve seen this type of VDO clock in quite a few German cars from the late 1970s through early 1990s, but (as far as I know) only 944s got the clocks with yellow hands and numbers. Does it work? Of course!

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  • Lokki Lokki on Mar 05, 2012

    Was the yellow color on the instruments an extra cost option from Porsche?

    • TKewley TKewley on Mar 06, 2012

      Actually, you had to pay extra if you wanted any gauge markings at all... I keed, I keed... Off the top of my head, I can't think of any car other than the pre-'85.5 944 that had all yellow gauge markings.

  • Oldyak Oldyak on Mar 06, 2012 can you make this a little better contest??? Like maybe have readers make a guess b-4 you announce the answer

  • 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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