History in the World 




Chronology of the Ford Taunus in the World




Ford Taunus history, their origins...


For many years in Germany in the early 20th century, Ford Motor Co. was established to manufacture several models, such as the Eiffel, Ford V8 and Ford A among others.  

However, it was brewing the birth of a car that eventually became the longest saga of Ford. His life extended from 1939 to 1994,  55 years of success for a single model. A record still unsurpassed in the history of Ford in the world.  

The origin of the name "Taunus", is due to a German region with small villages clinging to wooded hills, called "Taunus hills, near the city of Frankfurt.  

From the Alps to the south to the North Sea Germany landscapes are extremely varied and seductive. High-altitude mountain ranges and plateaus alternate with soft balconies, terraced fields, hilly landscapes, mountains and lakes and vast plains. 

From north to south Germany is divided into five natural regions: the northern plains in abundance of lake scenery of rolling hills, interspersed with heathland and wetlands, and near the average elevation of mountains stretching fertile land. Plains are characteristic of the Lower Rhine,  Westphalia and Saxony-Thuringia. 

The North Sea coasts are surrounded by numerous islands, including Borkum, Norderney, Sylt and Helgoland. In the Baltic are the islands of Rügen, Hiddensee and Fehmarn. The Baltic coast have flat, sandy shores, others steep cliffs. Between the North Sea and Baltic extends the "Holstein Switzerland", a landscape of gentle hills.

Taunus Hills

The average elevation of the mountains draws the line between North and South Germany, the Middle Rhine valley and the Hessian depressions serve as natural for the north-south traffic. A middle mountains belong, among others, the Hunsrück, the Eifel, Taunus and the Westerwald. At the heart of Germany is the Harz Mountains. To the east are the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest), the Fichtelgebirge and Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains).




Location of Germany in the Planisphere.

German Towns

Location of the Taunus Hills


The Taunus born in a difficult time for the world...


At this time ran the second world war, but this was not an obstacle for new Ford launched its European success called Ford Taunus.


Its first version missed abundant forms of American brothers, but European realities were quite different...






 Ford Taunus 1939 - 1949


BUCKELTAUNUS (hunchback Taunus)


Taunus These were called "Taunus Spezial".


The first big change came in 1952 when the Taunus acquired a truly European compact design and  practical style . Taunus G13 was named. This model begins called Taunus M (M = Masterpieces = masterpiece). Its design was a pioneer for design standards, and was emerging as the quintessential family car.


This model is divided into two stages. The first from 1939 to 1948, where the only model is called Taunus Standard.


In 1948, conferred upon aesthetic and instrumentation changes and becomes Spezial and Taunus Taunus DeLuxe until early 1952.





 Ford Taunus 1949 - 1952


BukelTaunus... post war.


By 1949, it had a small change, the windshield is no longer in two parts for one piece.


It is sometimes called as Taunus 10M, for its capacity of 1100cm3, although its official name was never this.


This Taunus there were a total 62,828 units.




 Ford Taunus 1955 - 1958


Taunus WELTKUGELTAUNUS or Worldmap.


The G13 with its 1.2 liter engine was called 12M. It took then a more luxurious and powerful 1.5-liter. So appeared the G4 Taunus 15M.


From G13 They produced 127,942 units and are equipped with an engine of 1498 cm3.


It consists of two successive models and is gradually replaced...


The first Taunus 12M G13 (1952-1955).

Then Taunus 15M G4B (1955-1959).

Both had the hood emblem on the world map.

The photos belong to the Taunus 12M G13.



 Ford Taunus 1955 - 1958



As shown in the photo, the  G4 had the same body that G13, but with more ornamentation and refinement. In the late 50s, the countries the had experienced war, recovering slowly blooming times of hope to a fragile economy.


The expansion and new air is breathed in old Europe influenced the design of the Taunus.


By 1957, the Taunus P2 (P=Project) or BarockTaunus peeked into the world, larger and longer than the above, while its design is much more elaborate and sumptuous resembling U.S. models.




 Ford Taunus 1958 - 1962


Taunus MITTELSTREIFENTAUNUS or the strip of the middle. Officialy known as G13AL Taunus 12M.


Named after the styled painting cut your line. 12M disappears with this new logo of the world map.



 Ford Taunus 1957 - 1960


The second family Taunus, in reality the third, was known as Project 2 of the Taunus, its official name is Taunus 17M P2.


In this Taunus and BAROCKTAUNUS known as baroque or Taunus, so plenty of decorative elements of the car.


Taunus is the most American of all...


 Ford Taunus 1960 - 1964


Taunus 17M P3, or Badewanne (bathtub) by their forms that they remember. Known as the "Revolution of Cologne" or "rational line" was really an evolution that placed the Taunus. Definitely a very modern car.


You can see a resemblance to the '60 Falcon ... Are they similar chance? The cause? Adria/200 Project in Germany and USA respectively.


A clear comparison is that Thunderbird, looking at the tubes of both ... "Who copied whom? Thunderbird is the '61 model... Badewanne officially on sale in August '60! The Taunus is the father of many, many, many cars...

Moreover, their curved bumpers have a particular resemblance to the '64 Mustang ... Coincidence?


Another detail, the veins of the guards, were retained almost identical in the P5, P7a, P7b and then the TC1.


Obviously the new model brought new equipment and comfort, plus a new engine of 1.7 liters (17M).


This model was advanced aerodynamically speaking. He had a coefficient of only 0.389,  think that a Ford Mondeo has a Cx of 0.33. Its smooth lines and certain design features were called "Tudor", as Ford is now the new lines "New Edge" or "New Edge" for the edges in their designs.




 Ford Taunus 1962 - 1966


When all seemed very easy for the Taunus, comes the decision to the U.S. to standardize European models. But the old rivalry between Germany and England (each produced their own designs), remained in force and each subsidiary wanted to impose their designs across Europe and worldwide, except North America.


Ford was then in Europe, Ford and Ford German English, United States claimed a Ford of Europe, and this involved the abolition of regional models.


The Taunus was purely German. For its part, England possessed medium models such as the Consul, Zodiac and Zephyr. From USA proposed a new "European" would be designed in Germany with British collaboration. Ford USA called this as Cardinal.


Finally, England refused to Cardinal, and the project led to the P4 German Taunus 12M P4.


 Ford Taunus 1964 - 1967


Super Badewanne.


P5 with ranges of 17M and the new V6 2 liters, 20M were covered, but the 12M and 15M, needed replacements. Then in 1966 he launched the P6 covering that niche. Its design was related to North American Falcon '64.


This Taunus was the first to use the full range V-engines, versions 4 and 6 cylinders.




 Ford Taunus 1967 - 1968


While the Taunus sold well, one of the secrets of his success was in constant evolution and this is how the P7A breaks.

This model is longer and straight lines produced less than a year because it was not accepted by the public, for being too square and  resembled American cars. Ford, timely hits and a change of course immediately sustiye it in 1968, was replaced by P7b or P8.


The P7A inaugurates a new 2.3-liter V6 engine, called 20M "RS".


"Kummerfalte" means the act a person does with his eyebrows when he disapproves of something. That was the Taunus challenged or disproved.


The P7b or P8 was the last of the series M and had no substantial differences in the P7A.




 Ford Taunus 1968 - 1972


He was known as the "second round" or "Relaunching Taunus P7. Basically it was a P7A, but with significant aesthetic changes that resemble the old P5, because the market demanded it and identified the Taunus.


His most powerful and luxurious version was 26M, V6, 125 bhp.


He lived two years with the first Taunus TC1.




 Ford Taunus 1968 - 1970




The Taunus "cuneiform" (wedge) was the most aerodynamic of all. Only a CX of 0.36! 560dm3 and a trunk.


Many now promote 400dm3 trunks. Cars were before!.


1200cm3 to 1700cm3 engine single V4 format. Taunus equipped for that.


There was a version as optional RS 15M whose performance was very good, the first serial RS Ford.




 Ford Taunus 1970 - 1976


Knudsen Taunus


The turn of the decade, brought about the rationalization and a new series called Taunus TC. The name comes from the conjunction Taunus / Cortina, since they were twins models, except for the engines.


The approach to the new model was to be presented as a medium family car, but with sports and aggressive lines. The car was low, broad and shorter than its predecessor. These qualities gave aerodynamic and aesthetic benefits.


The Taunus TC, covered the market of 12M, 15M and 17M, the 20M and 26M models would be covered by a new European model ... Ford Granada.




 Ford Taunus 1976 - 1979


When about 1976 was tabled in Germany Taunus TC II, emerged as a more sharp and modern, with a significant increase in the glass surface and was first brought Taunus Ford logo on the front, as would all the world Ford in the future.


Likewise, more luxurious version adopted on behalf Ghia, who was a coach builder who helped design "art" of many Ford models.


With the TC II in Europe the coupe disappear because this area was covered by the Ford Capri.




 Ford Taunus 1979 - 1983


Teresa Project.


The last European restyling was about to happen. In 1979 on the basis of the TC II develops the Taunus Savoy or TC III, the last European model.


Increases the glass surface again, this time dramatically. It flattened the roof and change the bumpers and lights. And the Taunus excels in design, but the worst happens. Since the parent company of USA, is spoken again and this time finally unify the most coveted segment, the middle segment. It was announced in 1983 the baton Taunus / Cortina by the Ford Sierra.


As expected, the conservative England refuses and offers to call the Sierra as "New Cortina" or "Sierra Cortina" but the proposal fails and gives the English subsidiary.


The Sierra, though an excellent and beautiful car, is not fully accepted by the public, for its unconventional lines for the time. It was called "jelly mold" for its gentle ways.


It was clear that Ford had made a serious mistake, which even today it is already paying more than ever was the segment leader in median family.


They wanted to correct the mistake with a trunk version of the Escort, called Orion that had obvious similarities to the Taunus TC3/Cortina MK5.






 Ford Taunus 1985 - 1994


But the story does not end there ... in Turkey in 1985, was born the Taunus and are the major changes occur, resembling the Sierra and the Orion. It was produced until 1994.


In the latest version of the Taunus Turkish (photos) seemed to surround the plastic bumpers, body color, would be the first and last time a bumper Taunus had this type, as first his trunk bent forward by adopting a style "Sierra" in its design.


The first version of 1985 on the front had two rectangular headlights instead of one large rectangular, such as that produced in our country.





And this is how a great story concludes its assembly lines, but while there is a rolling Taunus the world, our metallic friend wont cease to accompany and perhaps one day again be mass produced ... Thank you friend for giving us so much satisfaction.




1939 - 1994



Research: Alejandro (06) / Carlos (01)

Editor: Alejandro (06) / Carlos (01)

Editing: Carlos (01)

Source: Archive of Club Taunus Argentina / Germany and England web sites

Collaboration: Lucas (29)

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