Car Clock of the Week: 1984 Lincoln Town Car analog
The Roman numerals let occupants of the Town Car know that they weren’t riding in a lowly LTD Crown Victoria.
We continue the Car Clock of the Week series with another automotive dash timepiece from the 1980s Ford family. I pulled this one from a 1984 Lincoln Town Car, with the idea that I would use it in the Black Metal V8olvo race car I was helping build at the time (I ended up using a Volvo 240 VDO clock instead). It’s a classy-looking clock with Roman numerals, well-suited for the biggest car Ford built during the 1980s.
Ford downsized the Continental for the 1980 model year, then made the Town Car a separate, non-Continental model the following year. The Panther-based Town Car continued, with several refreshes, all the way through 2011; the very angular Town Cars rolled off the Wixom, Michigan assembly line through 1989. While sibling to the LTD Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis (the Mark VII was built on the unrelated Fox platform by then), the 1984 Town Car benefited from an extra helping of extra-cushy velour upholstery, plenty of faux wood paneling and today’s handsome car clock.
The gauges in the ’84 Town Car came with silver plastic rectangles to hide the unsightly needle hubs, but those were attached to the clear plastic faces and I just bought the clock itself.