Saturday, 4 February 2017

1964, Cars: Ford Taunus 17M/20M (P5)

In 1964 Ford-Werke GmbH (Ford of Germany) introduced the new Ford Taunus 17M / 20M. It was the fifth newly designed German Ford to be launched after the war for this reason it is known as Ford Project 5 (P5) or the Ford Taunus P5. It was the first time a new Taunus was not given a nickname by the press, unlike its predecessor the “Badewanne” (Bath tub) or Ford Taunus P3.

The new car was at first available as a two or four door saloon, in 1965 the "Turnier" (station wagon) version and a coupé followed. The Ford Taunus P5 was also coach built by Karl Deutsch as a two-door cabriolet.
Predecessor: Ford Taunus 17M P3 (1960 - 1964)
Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 (two and four door saloon)
Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 Coupé
Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 Turnier
The 17M was available with two engine choices, a 1498 cc V4 (44 kW) engine from the Taunus P4 or a newly designed 1699 cc V4 (51 kW) engine. The 20M had a 1998 cc V6 (63 kW) engine. The 20M TS had the same engine with a higher compression rate, it developed 66 kW. The P5 came with “Startautomatik”, an automatic choke originally introduced in P3, but in 1964 still a novelty in this class of car.
Ford Taunus 20M P5 (four door saloon)
Ford Taunus 17M/20M cabriolet by Karl Deutsch
Ford Taunus 17M P5 (two door saloon)
Successor: Ford 17M/20M (Taunus) P7a (1967 - 1968)
In August 1967 the P5 was replaced by the Ford (Taunus) P7a. A total of 710,059 P5's were produced at Cologne-Niehl (Germany), Genk (Belgium) and Azambuja (Portugal).

Ford Taunus 17M P5 Commercial (Germany, 1965)

Ford Taunus 17M P5 Commercial (Germany, 1965)

Ford Taunus 17M "Die Probefahrt" (German sales promo, English dubbed)

Ford Taunus 17M/20M P5 (The Netherlands, 1964)
Ford Taunus 20M P5 (Germany, 1966)
Ford Taunus 17M P5 (Norway, 1966)
Ford Taunus 20M P5 (Norway, 1966)

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