In ’94 I bought a ‘Snoek’ (Citroen DS) and tore it apart. I wanted to restore it completely. But because the Snoek’s construction was rather complicated, I wanted to buy a driving Snoek in Febuary ’95 as an example to what the old restored Snoek would look like. So, I went to a DS-specialist in Ermelo to see if he had a suitable candidate for sale. When I arrived at the dealer, I saw that he had a Ford Taunus Coupe for sale. I was sold. After a chit chat with the salesman, I found out that he brought it with him from Paris. The original owner was an Argentine Embassy employee who worked in Madrid, Spain. The car was newly delevered by a Ford dealer in Mardrid to the Embassy employee, according the original manual. It’s unknown how the Taunus went to Paris in France. The French licenseplate number was 258 HND 75.
I bought the Taunus the next day. It had drove about 78.000 km.
This Taunus was more luxuriously equipped than it’s European counterpart. The differences are: tainted glass, airconditioning, powersteering, automatic gears, wooden dashboard, leather interior, rev counter, extra voltage counter, oilpressure counter, stereo radio with cassette, electric antenna and a digital clock. A few other nice details that are different are the extra bars in the bumper and a carter-protector underneath the car.
The bottom was packed with little dents caused by welknown French parkingdamage. On the rear, the rearlight was damaged and a plastic bumpercorner was missing. The bumpercorner could be ordered at the Ford dealer, which I did. The rearlight unfortunately, could not. The car was nearly rustfree, with the exception of some rust on a few dents.
The first Ford that I can remember, is the one of my uncle. I was about seven years old. My uncle lived in the Dutch province of Zeeland and from time to time he visited my grandmother in his bright orange Taunus. A TC I Coupe. For those times it was a large, spacious car. The first cars of my father that I can remember, were a Citroen GS and after that a Simca 1500. After the latter he bought his first Ford. A Granada 1.7.L. After a while he exchanged it for a bue Granade of the Royal House, a 2.8L Ghia with all the gadgets. The licenseplate was GY-25-HS. After a year or 2, my father traded it for a newer Granada. This car also originated from the Royal House. The license plate was KT-12-NJ.
I learned to drive a car in a Ford Taunus 1.6L Combi. We used that car to transfer parts between workshops. The distance between our two workshops was approximately 300 metres. The car drove these short distances for a while, but suddenly the valves burned. The car was replaced by a Taunus 2.0 combi. A 6 cylinder. We picked it up in Oud Beijerland (also Zeeland). It’s topspeed was 180 km/h. The car’s sparks had to be cleaned every month because of the short distances it drove, otherwise the car would run out of power. When cleaned, the car would drive as if it were new.
Once my father bought a new, bigger workshop, the car became obsolete. We deceided to stall the car in the workshop to try to restore it and fix it up. Alas, at the end of ’94 we were short on space and we took it to a junkyard. Just a couple of months too soon, because after a month or two, I bought this Taunus GT.