This morning I think I’d just like to provide your eyeballs (hello, eyeballs! Big fan here!) with some engaging things to look at, this time both Ford Taunus related. Here in America, The Land Of The Free Refills, Taunuses are extremely rare, and if you talk about them, most people think you mean “Taurus” and just say things funny, replacing your Rs with Ns, and they’re just hoping you’re going to say something like “I need to nun to the can to gnab my unbnella” or something like that. But Taunuses are real, and they sometimes had V4 engines, and, well, let’s look at some pictures of them.
Like the one up top, that’s a 1961 Taunus wagon. What a lovely station wagon design! It’s a two-door wagon, I’m not going to say necessarily a shooting brake, but maybe, depending on how sporty its character is supposed to be. Look at that lovely character line that swoops all the way down the side there and, perhaps most significantly, the roof-mounted taillights! They’re fantastic!
Damn those are great. Shit, maybe I should have saved these for a Today’s Taillight post? Crap.
Okay, more Taunusean goodness. Just take a look at this:
So, this is a 1979 Taunus, no longer with the V4 engine and a very different design language, but look how tidy and clean the coupé version is! You rarely see cars like this anymore, simple, attractive coupés, not overtly sporty but not un-sporty, either. Look at the subtle kick-up over the rear wheel arch, and how that lower rear quarter window line raises just a bit. It’s as subtle and elegant as a well-tailored suit.
Also, the idea of one basic car coming in sedan and wagon and coupé versions is kind of a thing of the past, too, but I kinda miss it.
Okay, one last Taunus thing. Look at this:
I love the illustration styles going on here, for this early ’60s brochure. It’s not often you see art this gestural and loose in a car brochure, but I very much appreciate it. The loose sketch style of the upper drawing works so well with the cut-paper, minimal line look of the lower style, too. It’s so well done I find it soothing to look at.
What a treat for those eyeballs. You’re welcome, eyeballs.