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The search for more space for carrying passengers or cargo was something that the European market seeking, for the time, many models of cars, had their "rural" or station wagon version.


The Ford Taunus was not out and took over his life station versions. Hardly anyone knows that our country adopted a station version to produce the plant in General Pacheco, and launch the local market, but unfortunately this never happened...


The history of the countryside in the Taunus version begins in 1948 with the Taunus Kastenwagen, from the G73 model that had begun to occur in 1939.



This utility was in fact a closed truck, which increased the carrying capacity of livestock due to space thanks to its design.


However, the first rural (Station Wagon) would be introduced in 1955, the hand of the G13 and Taunus 12M/15M call Taunus "Combi", a feature of the model was only available in 2 doors plus a tailgate rear opening to one side.


This model was imported to Argentina, but only a few units, together with its sedan sibling, being the first Taunus that touched these lands.




The next Taunus, was known Taunus 17M P2 baroque, and his version was heavily station and incorporating USA / Sports for luxury amenities such as heating and sunroof, among other things, and reverse lights as a safety measure, and a system of semi-automatic gears, called Saxomat.


The tailgate, had the particularity of being opened in two halves. One down, and the other, where the quiver window upwards, which facilitated the opening over the previous model.


The Revolution of Cologne "meant, the aerodynamic adrema Taunus 17M P3, a station variant now called the" Turnier ".



The first series of P3, bringing the taillights on the trailing edge of the roof later, setting up an air of modernity rarely seen, and whose idea back almost 40 years later with the arrival of the Focus and some rural areas of other brands.


The second set of P3, change the opening of the tailgate and relocate back to the taillights to the rear corner of the rear fenders, continuing the line of the curved bumpers.


This design would anticipate the forms of the Taunus P5, which would be released soon.


The Taunus P5, was nothing, that the reaffirmation of the previous model on the market and gave this design a rejuvenation that kept him on the market until 1967.


One major change was the relocation of the rear lights, now located in a more traditional.


The Taunus Turnier finally acquired as the 4-door option and access to luxury, accompanied by a good dynamic performance, through 2000cm V6 engine of 95bhp. It could be bought tento 17M and 20M versions of the model.



Opening up the gate that was in one piece, and would be set in final form until 1982, when the factory would last Wagon.



The Taunus 12M P4 and P6 had 12M/15M Turnier versions but only 2 doors.



The Taunus P7A and Q7b also enjoyed variants 2 and 4 door models in its 17M and 20M.




Taunus P7a


Taunus P7b


In the photo above, we can appreciate the P7b Turnier only two doors, one batch was especially built for the Swedish Armed Forces.


There were only about 200 of these characteristics.


In 1970, the third generation of Taunus see the light, and with it the new "Wagon" in only 4-door versions and various trim levels, with engines that go from 1300 cm to 2300 cm with the Taunus TC3.



Taunus TC1



Taunus TC2


Taunus TC3


The only thing I can criticize is that both version TC1, the TC2 and TC3 were no differences in their rear, the same design and even the same light, not seen in the TC3 envelope that had the headlights Ghia coupe or such.


As is known, in our country, rural versions never had great popularity, with some exceptions.


By 1978, engineers at Ford Argentina, proposed to headquarters, the local production of the Taunus Wagon, and although approved, was never released.


Here's a confidential document (part of our archive and courtesy of Ford Argentina) which demonstrates that the May 15, 1978, managers and, at the time of Ford Motor Argentina, presented the project to manufacture in our country the rural version of the Taunus TC1. This document is then sent to Ford Motor Company in Detroit, that was approved, we do not know because, being the ok, never made it.


They say rural Falcon played a good role and it was not necessary to remove a rural version of the Taunus. Maybe if it had been manufactured, the Falcon would have shifted that segment would be one of the fears, knowing the success that our country had the Taunus? Maybe, if so, history would have been different. 



Within the broader history of the Taunus versions, there were projects to improve rural versions, such as the Taunus Turnier "Kurtz", which shortened the length of the car, to make it more agile in traffic jams in the Europe of the sixties.




Report: The Amplitude of Space

Redaction: Alejandro (06) / Carlos (01)

Date: 01/03/2003

Edition: Carlos (01)

Investigation: Ale (06) / Carlos (01)

Collab: Vedi (17M.de) / Ford Argentina S.A.


Buenos Aires - Argentina 2003 Club Taunus Argentina