I have recently acquired, thru a will, a '62 Ford Taunus that has been
stored inside for years in a barn (dirty but no/little rust). I have a
few questions about it...
For insurance purposes I was wondering what the replacement value would
be because I have never seen one before (all the websites Google gives
are European) and Kelly doesn't list it any more?
To get it up and running where can I find parts for it in the US?
Is there a fan group or club out there who could steer me in the right
direction to get it back on the road?
Any info would be great.
David in Michigan
Ford Taunus was Ford's best-selling car in Europe in the late 70s and the
mid 80s, and one of the most common on the road until Toyota put the
Corolla on the street, and VW came out with the Golf.
You still see lots of them all over Europe. It got replaced by the Sierra,
which in turn got replaced by the Mondeo. The Ford Mondeo/Sierra is known
in North America as the Taurus. The current Taurus shares headlights,
engines, transmissions, and a lot of other parts with the Mondeo, the rear
half of the car is however completely different. The Sierra and the old
Taurus share visual design, but are mechanically completely different.
I'm unaware of any North American model similar to the Taunus from the same
period. Europe had desperately high fuel prices and retorded to small
relatively economical cars, while the states went for fuel guzzling V8
power plants. So to get parts, you may have to specially import them from
Europe. European cars, built in Europe, use different sizes and standards
than their American counterparts - especially older ones.
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