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Ford Taunus TC
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Ford Taunus (TC). 1970–81 (total prod. n/a, incl. 197,031 in Argentina, incl. Taunus 80). 2- and 4-door saloon, 5-door estate, 2-door fastback coupé. F/R, 1294, 1593, 1990, 2301 cm³ (I4 OHC), 1999, 2294 cm³ (V6 OHV). Joint development with Ford of Britain’s Cortina Mk III saw a new Taunus for the 1970s, with OHC engines and Americanized styling apparently overseen by former Ford boss Bunkie Knudsen. TC code supposedly stood for Taunus Cortina. Considered glamorous in its day, with Jackie Stewart endorsing the handling—even though it was not that good. Wide range of engines, though not as wide as Cortina. Addition of fastback coupé. Doors carried over into Taunus II successor. Production ceased in Germany in 1975 but continued in Argentina to 1981, when it was replaced by Taunus 80 variants.

Manufacturing locations: Genk, Belgium; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Taunus | Predecessor: Ford Taunus P6 | Successors: Ford Taunus II, Ford Taunus 80

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