Or Wanderup, to be more precise. It is about 7km from Flensburg. Making a change from the more prevalent Ruesselsheim cars is this Taunus 1600 seen there (by me).
From 1970 Ford paired the Taunus with the British Cortina. Arguably the Taunus name sat better with the car’s image than the somewhat/extremely pretentious Cortina moniker.
The cars’ had slightly different sheet metal, making the Taunus look like an alternative styling proposal rather than a properly distinct one compared to the UK car. Isn’t odd that the UK looked more American than the German car. Is that a deliberate difference or an accident?
Things have come a long way now that Ford can’t distiguish the US and Euro Mondeo. Speaking of which, those I saw barreling down the Autobahn are monstrous road sharks with their narrow eyes and gaping AM grille.
Notice inside this car the decorative pleats in the door-card vinyl.
On the door we find an ashtray down by where the passenger’s knee would be: that’s a good position. The legroom looks tight, doesn’t it?
Forty five years later cars’ doorskins have become really complex. I doubt you’d find as simple a design as this on anything larger than an Aygo.
It occurs to me now that I ought to drive one of these and that this is a matter of greater urgency than testing a Lancia Obscurata or Renault Oubliable. These cars are the white line on the middle of the road and are the yardstick by which other cars should be assessed. When we read that X is better/good/interesting, it is often implied to be in comparison with the cars of this class and price. Yet how many have ever been in one let alone driven one? I’ll have to change that.