“Unique” is a word you should really avoid. Especially when it comes to an 'ordinary' classic, such as this Ford Taunus 1600 L, because in addition to ownership, it is the personal memories that give added value to the family.
By: Dirk de Jong
The history of this special Ford Taunus 1600 L starts with Freerk's grandfather who had a grocery store in Oudemirdum (Fr). When prosperity increased in the 60s, his grandfather wanted a car to deliver the groceries to the customers' homes. Due to the advanced age (63), the driver's license was no mean feat. Finally, with the advice of the examiner, we managed not to make long trips outside the village, but to only use the car as a 'workhorse' for his grocery store.
Ford 20 M Estate
The food delivery was carried out in a comfortable Ford 20 M, which did not take long, as it was now time to hand over the business to the sons. Other decisions were made and the Ford 20 M was exchanged for a cheaper Opel Kadett. But the interest and fondness remained with Ford. The blood crawls where it can't go. The two sons of the entrepreneur came across a beautiful Ford Taunus 1600 L with only 6000 km on the clock. The purchase was a problem for a while, the wife thought the investment was too high.
Gentle urge to manipulate
Good advice was now expensive, because the two sons wanted to give father the pleasure of a private Ford as a retiree. It is fair to say that a solution was sought to significantly reduce the amount in consultation with the seller – on the invoice – whereby the lower amount became visible, but the higher amount had to be paid. Needless to say, the purchase came about through this kind manipulation.
We know the simplicity of the construction of the Ford Taunus, if you open the hood everything is clear. The Ford gave a special look due to its beautiful grille with fog lamps. It was driven economically for a few more years, washed only with rainwater and technically maintained down to the last detail. 50 years later, the Ford is still in wonderfully pristine condition. After Pake passed away (who lived to be 90), the Ford was carefully preserved and reserved for grandson Freerk.
The Taunus has long since disappeared from the streets. The name 'Taunus' disappeared in 1983. This Taunus with its 1600 cc four-cylinder engine is even called the Knudsen Taunus because of the special shape of the hood that Emiel Knudsen designed for Ford. The Ford is also called type TC 1. They were produced from 1970 to 1975.
The icon from the rich Ford history
The family's fondness has remained with Ford. Freerk is in his element and only uses the classic for pleasure rides. He enjoys the admiring looks he gets. It brings back good memories for people. The invisible line with his pake continues to exist through the Ford Taunus. And speaking of emotion, Pake's hat was left in the car along with his Hofnar cigars in the glove compartment. Do you understand the prominent role of this Ford Taunus in the family?