The Ford Taunus was a family car sold by Ford in Germany, named after the Taunus mountain range, and first introduced in 1939.
From 1952 to 1968 all German Fords were called the Taunus, using the model names 12M, 15M, 17M, 20M, and 26M. The ‘M’ stands for ‘Meisterstück’, which translates in English to ‘Masterpiece’. The 12, 15 and 17M models were fitted with a straight-4 and later models a V4 engine. The 20 and 26M models had the Ford Cologne V6 engine. The 12, 15, 17 names refer to the engine displacement; 1200, 1500, 1700, and so on. Production continued through several versions until finally ending in 1994.
One of the last of the 12M models, this stunning Taunus Turnier was first delivered in 1969, benefitting recently from a huge restoration at great expense. The Taunus was stripped, bodywork repairs completed, and repainted in Light Blue. The interior benefitted from a retrim, and the motor was also rebuilt. The quality of the work is evident; panel gaps are very good all round, and the overall finish is excellent both on the outside and underneath of the car. As a result of much mechanical attention the car now runs and drives very well.
Offered with Portuguese registration papers, this must surely rank as one of the very best examples of the model available today.