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Ford Taunus 1980

General description : This car is literally one of a kind. Ford had just one example built with left hand drive. Carbodies Ltd, the British coachbuilder from Coventry, known as the builders of the characteristic English taxis, had built a few RHD cabriolets for Ford previously, and these had been sold in England by the name of Cortina. A car with left-hand driving was to have Ford gain a foothold on the continent and Carbodies was ordered to build this Taunus which was then presented on the 1980 Car Show in Birmingham. The attempt was unsuccessful and no more examples were built. The car was sold to a resident of London. In 1989 the car, which by then had 20,000 km on the clock, was discovered by a Dutch aficionado who brought the Taunus to the Netherlands. The paintwork had lost some of its lustre but otherwise the car was in excellent condition. The car was resprayed followed by a renewal of the hood a few years later. This is really all the work carried out on the car. The rest wasn’t touched and has remained entirely original. With its smooth-running V6 engine and its mileage of just 67,500 km, this car will provide you with lots of driving pleasure and make it a welcome guest at car concourses and events.

Deze rariteit is uniek. Slechts 1 exemplaar werd in opdracht van Ford gebouwd met een links stuur. De fa. Carbodies uit Coventry (GB) onder meer bekend van de karakteristieke Engelse taxi's had al enkele rechts gestuurde cabriolets voor Ford gebouwd die onder de naam Cortina in Engeland verkocht werden. Ford wilde met een links gestuurde versie voet op de vaste wal krijgen en gaf Carbodies opdracht voor het bouwen van deze Taunus die op de Carshow in Birmingham in 1980 gepresenteerd werd. Een succes bleek het niet te zijn want het is slechts bij dit ene exemplaar gebleven. De auto werd verkocht aan een inwoner uit Londen. In 1989 werd de auto ontdekt, hij had toen 20.000km op de teller, door een Nederlandse liefhebber die de Taunus naar Nederland haalde. Op het enigszins dof geslagen lakwerk na verkeerde de auto in een uitstekende staat. De auto werd herspoten en enkele jaren later werd de cabriokap vernieuwd. Dit is eigenlijk alles wat er aan de auto gedaan werd, alles is verder origineel gebleven. Met zijn prachtig lopende V6 en nog maar 67.500km op de teller is een hoop rijplezier te beleven en tevens een graag geziene gast tijdens concoursen en evenementen.

1980 Ford Taunus is listed for sale on ClassicDigest in Fien de la Marstraat 59NL-1902 MT Castricum by Veni Vidi Vici Classic Cars BV for €24750.

 

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Car type : Car Make : Ford Model : Taunus Engine size : 2.0 Model Year : 1980 Sub type : Convertible Location : Fien de la Marstraat 59NL-1902 MT Castricum Vehicle Registration : Undefined

24750 €

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Ford, founded in 1902, has arguably changed the history of automotive world more than any other car manufacturer by introducing the first people's car Model T in 1908. They had produced more than 15 million cars by the end of the production in 1927, by which T had become obsolete.

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During the war Ford completely shut down civilian vehicle production to dedicate all its resources to the Allied war efforts (1942-45) They used to build B-24 bombers, aircraft engines, jeeps, M-4 tanks, military trucks and Bren-gun carriers and more than 30,000 super-charged Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 engines for Mosquito and Lancaster bombers as well as P-51 Mustang fighters. After the war Ford cars in the USA got bigger and flashier along with their competitors. In the 60's Ford was back in the forefront again when introducing their commercial hit Mustang in 1964. Mustang was so popular the competition had to follow Ford's example and the ponycar phenomenon took over the US. Over the years the ponies grew some muscles until the oil crisis kill finally killed them off.

In the sixties Ford rushed into international motor sports scene with a fury. After unsuccessful Ferrari takeover, when Enzo Ferrari had cut the deal off with Henry Ford II making the latter absolutely boil with fury, Ford turned to Lola in UK to produce a Ferrari beating long distance racer after. The collaboration between Ford and Lola created the mighty Ford GT40 that absolutely beat Ferrari in Le Mans 24 numerous times.

In Europe, Ford introduced some of the most epic race and rally cars of the 60's based on humble family sedans; Cortina GT, Lotus Cortina, Escort Twin Cam, and Escort 1600RS with the iconic Cosworth BDA engines.

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