Again when Ford was offering the punky Pinto in the U.S. market, it was also promoting cars and trucks like today’s Pleasant Selling price or No Dice Taunus all over Europe. Let us see if this private import’s rate would make it well worth exploring what us People had been missing.
The comic Billy Crystal used to do this character on Saturday Night Stay known as Fernando who lived by the motto that it was “always improved to seem excellent than to experience very good.”
With a cleanse bill of health and fitness on the mechanical aspect but some aesthetic difficulties, yesterday’s 2000 BMW M5 would not have been appreciated by Fernando. These visual blemishes — some creeping rust and paint troubles in this article and there — also doomed the M5 and its $13,999 inquiring cost for quite a few of you. At the conclude of the day, it fell in a slim but decisive 57 per cent No Dice reduction.
Just one car we looked at so significantly this 7 days was an American luxurious sedan from Ford’s Lincoln division that was powered by a German BMW motor. Next that, we deemed a BMW that was total-on German. Currently we’re going to bring that accidental mish-mash theme whole circle and look at a German-developed Ford.
This 1972 Ford Taunus TC — named for a mountain vary in Germany — signifies one particular of the Ford Motor Company’s earliest attempts at a so-termed Entire world Car. Which is a bit of a misnomer due to the fact, by “the world” Ford at the time primarily meant Europe. Prior to the introduction of the Taunus TC, Ford of Germany and Ford of Britain proffered independent motor vehicle lines that performed in the rather significantly same sizing classification, just about every in their dwelling market place.
The 1970 Mark III Cortina and Taunus TC (for Taunus Cortina) merged these disparate car or truck lines into a single. The resulting car or truck, alongside with the 1968 Escort and 1965 Transit van, had been Ford’s to start with cross-subsidiary designs, intended to be marketed all more than the Continent and Britain. The only thing The us available was an affect on the new car’s Coke bottle styling.
The Mark III Cortina, and as a result the Taunus TC, moved up a dimensions from its predecessor, getting entirely four inches broader and providing a V6 engine for the to start with time. Ford could choose this tack as the Escort provided the measurement class underneath although the European-industry Granada topped the selection in both sizing and standing.
In the U.S., Ford supplied the Pinto in the identical measurement course as the Taunus, and throughout the early ’70s that car or truck served as its smallest supplying here. In reality, each individual product in the U.S. at the time was grotesquely much larger than its nominal European counterpart. It wouldn’t be right until the 1980s that Ford began to involve the U.S. in its worldwide model programs.
Right before then, on the other hand, we were being denied neat vehicles like this Taunus TC coupe. This car or truck is a private import, and it could very perfectly be the only just one of its ilk now on U.S. streets. The styling ought to look vaguely familiar, as it shares a winged entrance fender structure with domestic Fords of the period, as effectively as the exact same climbing haunch and semi-fastback roofline. The again of the car is eerily reminiscent of the hatch style on the Pinto wagon, ideal to the horizontal shadow line and taillamp structure. All the things under that American-influenced styling is about 3-quarters scale of what was provided below at the time.
As an illustration of that, the Taunus’ wheelbase is 101 inches, or about 2 inches shy of the up to date Maverick. The base motor on the Maverick at the time was a 170 CID OHV inline-six. Right here, in the Taunus, you get a 1600cc version of Ford’s prolonged-serving “Pinto” 4. This SOHC engine changed the Essex V4 and was essentially employed in the Pinto below in the States, so parts sourcing shouldn’t be significantly of a difficulty. Electric power may well be, however. Though this seemingly is a significant-compression edition, the engine tends to make only about 70 horsepower on its greatest day.
That is matched to a four-velocity manual gearbox with a floor shift, and electrical power is used to the floor as a result of a reside axle at the back.
The bodywork seems tidy for the most part, but like most each European vehicle from the period ahead of bodies were being galvanized, it does exhibit some rust pop-by means of. Which is most notable in front of the driver’s aspect rear wheel arch. The sheetmetal in any other case appears rather sound. The paint is claimed to be a respray, and you can see a darker shade of blue obvious in the trunk.
The vendor claims that most of the car’s main brake parts have been changed, replacing rubber lines with sturdier braided metal hoses. All the things else is explained to operate as it should really. The ad notes the odometer to study 42,995, and a brief squint at the dashboard pic displays that amount to be studying in kilometers. That’s a tiny about 26,000 miles to us Yanks.
The relaxation of the inside appears to be to be in respectable condition, and you have to appreciate the air vents placed like eyebrows on the upper edge of the dash. The seats have been not long ago reupholstered, and the motor vehicle comes with its original Blaupunkt radio. All the suitable paperwork for the car’s immigration looks to have been concluded, as it wears Washington plates and is claimed to carry a title from that state.
The value tag for this scarce-in-the-U.S. Ford is $5,500. If you’re a devoted admirer of Ford’s European wares then this would be pretty the peach to incorporate to (or start out) your assortment. Is it worth that kind of funds, however?
What do you feel, could this Taunus command that $5,500 inquiring? Or, does that price make this imported German Ford a genuine folly?
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