Name That Car Clock: Small Analog With Tachometer

name that car clock small analog with tachometer

In yesterday’s Name That Car Clock challenge, we went all the way back to 1965 and admired a beautiful, though admittedly nonfunctional, Oldsmobile timepiece. Today, we’re going with something from my collection of junkyard-harvested clocks that’s a bit newer. Quick, what’s the year/make/model of the car that yielded this clock to my junkyard toolkit?

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

There’s no visible VDO emblem on this gauge assembly, but that blue triangular inspection stamp on the metal frame should be familiar to those of you who have torn apart a few German instrument clusters. Yes, the W126 came with a driver’s airbag in 1986. Did you get this one right? If not, what was your guess?



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  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on Mar 08, 2012

    Yep, it's a pretty close match to my SDL's, except for the redline.. I friggin love that Futura font as well.. IIRC 1986 was the first year they came standard in S-class, along with ABS? I know by 1987 both were standard as that was one of the criteria when I was looking for a diesel back in 2001..

  • Svenmeier Svenmeier on Mar 14, 2012

    I instantly identified it as a W126 S class Mercedes. My father was a big Mercedes fan and drove only S classes starting with the W108/W109, two W116s (280S and later a 350SEL) and an '86 300SE W126. All were beautiful vehicles and still are in my opinion. The W126 in particular is still a very strikingly handsome and elegant car.

  • 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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