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Ford 17M, 20M (P7)

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Ford 17M/Ford 20M (P7). 1967–8 (prod. 155,780). 2- and 4-door saloon, 3- and 5-door estate, 2-door hardtop coupé. F/R, 1498, 1699 cm³ (V4 OHV), 1998, 2293 cm³ (V6 OHV). Ford upsized the Taunus—longer, lower, wider—while keeping the same wheelbase and old-fashioned rear rigid axle on longitudinal leaf springs. MacPherson struts up front, and anti-roll bar, also brought over from the P5. Taunus name dropped for this generation. Coke-bottle line. Carryover engines with some modifications, and 2·3 introduced (20M 2300S). The 20M had a different grille and rear panel, among other minor changes. Sporting models wore RS badge. The buying public was unimpressed, and felt the P7 was too big; the Opel Rekord C mounted a strong challenge and was closer to what buyers wanted. The 2·3 briefly appeared in 1968 with 125 PS instead of 108 PS. Ford hurriedly did a rebody for August 1968, a year after the P7’s début.

Manufacturing locations: Köln, Germany; Genk, Belgium

Marque: Ford | Predecessor: Ford Taunus (P5) | Successor: Ford 17M, 20M, 26M (P7/II)


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