Car Clock of the Week: 2000 Lincoln Town Car Cartier Edition analog
The golden timepiece from one of the last of the Cartier Lincolns
For our previous Car Clock of the Week, we saw a stately, Roman-numeral-equipped analog timepiece pulled from a 1984 Lincoln Town Car. That was no Cartier — unlike, say, the super-classy chronometer found in the Lincoln Mark IV — so I headed straight to the nearest self-service wrecking yard near me and found one of the final Cartier Lincolns: a 2000 Town Car Cartier Edition.
The Town Car went to a rounded-looking design for the 1998 model year, and this version stayed in production until the demise of the Ford Panther platform in 2011. Mechanically speaking, not much separated the Town Car from its lower-priced Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria brethren, but the Lincoln received an extra helping of plushness and bling.
The Cartier stood at the top of the Town Car trim-level pyramid in 2000, costing a hefty $43,130 that year (about $65,600 in inflation-adjusted 2019 clams). The Signature Series Town Car went for a mere $40,630 that year, and we will speak no more of that insufficiently opulent machine.
Infiniti had made the center-of-the-dash, gold-trimmed car clock a trendy feature during the 1990s, so Lincoln’s stylists felt comfortable moving their clock to the same location.
Did Grand Marquis buyers (or even ordinary Town Car buyers) get this golden clock? They did not.