Not! to be confused with Ford Taurus. The Ford Taunus is a family car that was sold by Ford Germany throughout Europe. Models from 1970 onward were similar to the Ford Cortina in the United Kingdom. The model line was named after theTaunus mountain range in Germany and was first made in 1939 and continued through several versions until 1994.
The Ford Cortina
is a car which was built by Ford of Britain
in various guises from 1962 to 1982, and was the United Kingdom’s best-selling car of the 1970s.
The Cortina was produced in five generations (Mark I through to Mark V, although officially the last one was only the Cortina 80 facelift of the Mk IV) from 1962 until 1982. From 1970 onward, it was almost identical to the German-market Ford Taunus
(being built on the same platform) which was originally a different car model. This was part of a Ford attempt to unify its European operations. By 1976, when the revised Taunus was launched, the Cortina was identical. The new Taunus/Cortina used the doors and some panels from the 1970 Taunus. It was replaced in 1982 by the Ford Sierra
. In Asia and Australasia
, it was replaced by the Mazda 626
, though Ford New Zealand
did import British-made CKD
kits of the Ford Sierra estate for local assembly from 1984.
The name was inspired by the name of the Italian ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo
, site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. As a publicity stunt, several Cortinas were driven down the bobsled run at the resort which was called Cortina Auto-Bobbing.
godiz – This car takes me back to one of my childhood memories. It is what my dad used to drive us around in, when me and my sister were kids. I don’t exactly recall what model it was, but i believe it’s either a TC2 or a TC3. I LOVE this car! I’ts on my future wish-list.