Car Clock of the Week: 1961 Citroën ID19, Veglia analog
The ID19 was the cheaper version of the swanky DS, but it still came with a nice Veglia dash clock.PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN
With all the car clocks we've see in this series before today, we've had just two timepieces made by Veglia Borletti: one from a Fiat 124 Sport Spider, the other from a Lancia Scorpion. Today we've got a very unusual Veglia clock, one that I grabbed out of a 1961 Citroën ID19 wagon that I spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard more than a decade ago.
I found this car in 2008 and have seen just one additional Citroën in a self-service wrecking yard since that time. PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN
The ID19 was the more affordable version of the majestic DS, which was about the most futuristic production car of the 1950s and 1960s and still rides more comfortably than most 21st-century luxury cars. Not the sort of thing you expect to find at U-Wrench-It, particularly in wagon form.
Instrument clusters were just $9.99 at that yard, so I bought the whole thing. PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN
The Citroën badge from this ID19 still lives on my 1992 Honda Civic, and of course I bought the clock along with the badge. In fact, I bought the entire instrument cluster, because it is such a beautiful piece of hardware.
Citroën didn't mess around with boring interiors in the 1960s. PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN
American car buyers had many good vehicle choices in 1961, but only Citroëns had dashes like this.
Rather than have an unsightly hole in the clock bezel, this Veglia has a cable-operated remote knob to set the time. PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN
To set the time on this clock, you twist a knob that lives at the end of a cable and under the car's dash. This setup was common on car clocks of the 1940s and 1950s, and continued on Soviet cars until there was no more USSR.
Also looks good on night drives. PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN
I had to open up this clock's innards and do some cleaning and oiling to get it to work, but now it keeps good time