On October 1930, 1925, Henry Ford and Conrad Adenauer, then mayor of Cologne and later prime minister, became equally construction workers. They laid the foundation stone for the new Ford factory in - yes - Cologne. Ford was not new to Germany, but the Cologne location was. As early as XNUMX, T Fords and A Fords had been assembled in Berlin. But in Cologne, Ford would go for the top: cars would really be made. German cars. The B Ford with its four-cylinder of more than three liters was the last kit model. But the subsequent Y Ford was already completely Made in Germany.
Ford Germany's approach was fairly subdued
The Ford had a four-cylinder of 900 cc that produced something like twenty horsepower. That first Genuine German Ford remained in production until 1933. By that time Hitler had already decided that the brand should be 'Kӧln'. After all, non-German names had little right to exist from that point on in the run-up to the Third Reich, which by no means reached the planned lifespan of 1000 years. The A Fords assembled in Germany were called 'Rheinland'. Because German. So good. Just in the margin: Both Hitler and Ford hated Jews. And that is reminiscent of the joke that Rabbi Soetendorp once made: An anti-Semite is someone who hates Jews more than average. Jewish humor is unique.
Within Germany, the Eifel was introduced in 1935, which was for sale as a sedan and convertible. There was also an all-German 8 hp V90 that remained in production until the outbreak of the war.
The Ford Taunuses were quite successful
More than 1939 were made between 1942-7000. But it was not until the end of 1948 that production really took off. Because almost 74.000 were made. In 1952 the 12 M was presented and then the counter really started to run. Until it became too old-fashioned in 1957, over 2.000.000 were released from the band.
Inspired by America
In 1957 it was time for the Taunus 17 M line with its OHVs of almost 1700 cc, inspired by the American Fords. That block produced a nice 60 hp at the time and almost 240.000 copies were made. The streamlined P1960 Taunus 3 M was launched in 17. More than 650.000 of this series were made in four years and these Fords were once almost iconic in the street scene at the time. The R4 Taunus 12 M from 1962 had the pleasantly messy humming 4 cc V1200 as used in Saabs. The Ford had front-wheel drive and looked simply chic in its Coupe version.
All these Fords were not planned investment objects
They were bulk goods with a - due to rust - limited lifespan. And that makes good, beautiful copies quite rare at the moment. Fortunately, it is not the case that they have become unaffordable.
The 12 Ford Taunus 1964m Coupe in the pictures is for sale at Jelle Blom.