Details of French Dinky 559 Ford Taunus 17M Saloon
The French Dinky Ford Taunus 17M Saloon.
The 1962 French Dinky catalogue, announced the introduction of the 2-door Ford Taunus 17M (559) to its range. The 104mm long saloon car cost 4, 75 Fr. (new Francs), about 8/6. The fine casting ensured that the name Taunus was clearly visible, front and rear. Finger-tip steering, suspension, a red interior with seating included a white steering wheel. A choice of three colours included white, yellow and a metallic dark fawn.
The real 2-door, Ford Taunus, named after Germany's Taunus Mountains, was part of a series of Cortina-like vehicles, with the French Dinky version based on the model produced between 1960 and 1964. The Taunus replaced the Ford Eifel. Köln and Rheinland, with itself being replaced by the Cortina's successors, the Ford Sierra and the larger Granada.
Generally, the Ford Taunus provided a greater interior width than most other German mid-range vehicles of its time. It was about 6 mph faster than earlier models and came in three engine sizes, 1.5, 1.7 and 1.8 litres. A Ford, straight-4 was the standard engine. Although later versions had a Cologne-built, Ford V-6. The aerodynamic design of the American Ford Thunderbird influenced the design of the Taunus and, the 'M' is said to have stood for 'masterpiece'. The original price was 4, 75 Fr . It was available in white, yellow and a met. dark fawn finish. Released as French Dinky 559 in 1962 withdrawn as French Dinky 559 in 1969.
Base:tin plate base
Model features:simple interior
Origin:Made in France
Vehicle model:17M, Taunus
Vehicle type:saloon car
Wheels:shaped spun hubs, white tyres with tread
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