Ford - Taunus
From 1952 to 1968 all German Fords were called the Taunus, using the model names 12M, 15M, 17M, 20M, and 26M. The "M" is said to stand for "Meisterstück", in English "Masterpiece". Taunus was also sometimes adopted as the brand-name in export markets, particularly where British and North American Fords were also available. The 12, 15 and 17M models had a straight-4, later ones a V4 engine. The 20 and 26M models had a V6 engine. The 12, 15, 17 etc. refer to the engine displacement; 1200, 1500, 1700 cc etc. From 1962 to 1970, the smaller models 12M (P4) and 12M/15M (P6) had front wheel drive. All other models had rear wheel drive.
Ford Taunus 1956
Ford Taunus 15M
Baden Wurttemburg, Germany
Holland - the Netherlands
Ford Taunus 1969
Ford Taunus 15M - Silver with vinyl roof
Ford Taunus 1967
Ford Taunus 15M TS (P6)
The Taunus was the first new German Ford after World War II with a new pontoon body, similar in style to British Ford Zephyr. The 12M maintained the old sidevalve engine of the Taunus while the 15M used a new and more powerful engine:
- 12M: 1172 cc, 38 hp (28 kW), 112 km/h (70 mph)
- 15M: 1498 cc, 55 hp (40 kW), 128 km/h (80 mph)
Body styles available were: two door sedan, two door station wagon and sedan delivery.