The last time we examined a timepiece extracted from a car’s dashboard, it was a utilitarian digital clock with a 1970s-style vacuum-fluorescent display, yanked from a humble 1992 Honda Civic DX hatchback. We’ll get more luxurious this week, with the chronometer from a 1984 Olympics Edition Buick Century.
GM’s Buick Division was one of the big sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and a special-edition Century sedan known as the Century Olympia was available to Buick shoppers that year. You had to buy the Century Limited sedan (starting at $9,979, or about $26,360 today) and then throw in another $406 (about $1,070 today) to get the Olympic badges on the front fenders and headrests.
I hadn’t seen a Century Olympia in a junkyard since way back in 2014, so I set about photographing this one in a Silicon Valley car graveyard when I saw it last month.
When I saw the classy quartz dash clock, I knew I needed it for my
hoard collection. My custom-made junkyard-car-clock tester gave this one the thumbs-up, once I pulled it and hooked up the test leads.
This Borg-Warner-made clock is very similar to the one I yanked from a 1983 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale.
The quartz analog clocks of this era usually work fine, even after 30 or 40 years of life in a dashboard.
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