Thursday, February 28, 2019

1961 Ford Taunus 17m Wagon

I have never seen one of these in person. What a cool looking car.

Manufactured by Ford of Germany, the The P3 Taunus was designed by Uwe Bahnsen, who later on designed the European Ford Capri, the 1980 Escort, Sierra and many other European Ford cars.

The running gear was nothing special. Available engines were all 4 cylinders of 1.5, 1.7 and 2.0 displacement. The standard transmission was a 3 speed manual with a column mounted shiftier. A Saxomat semi-automatic (clutchless) transmission was also available.

The body is where things get different. The tail lights are mounted on the leading edge of the roof. That's really cool looking, although I wonder if that made them difficult to notice. The front end has a different style with a large uniquely shaped grill and turn signal / parking lights in the fenders that lined up with the bumpers.

Ford sold the Taunus 17m in the U.S., although it wasn't a big seller. This car, based on the U.S. mandated sealed beam headlights, is one of the few that did sell here. It appears to have the Saxomat clutch in it, as I can't see a clutch pedal.

This car needs a total restoration. The seller says it is complete, but not running. The seller is asking $5000.00, which I thought was high given that you're going to need to put at least that much into it - if you do all the work yourself - to make it a presentable, running car. But, I couldn't find another wagon for sale anywhere, and in Europe Taunus 17m sedans and coupes often sell for over $15,000.00. Maybe this car isn't overpriced at all.

If you have the time and talent and you're looking for a cool project, this car might be for you.

Located in San Jose, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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