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Old 11th May 2009, 10:05   #2011
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It is not possible to identify the car without knowing the engine size.All that can be said with surity is that it is one of the post war Velox or Wyvern of the 48 to 51 vintage.

Both the Velox and the Wyvern shared the same unit constructed body and the only difference was that the Wyvern was a 1.4 4 cylinder engine and the Velox came with the 2.3 6 cylinder

The Velox was the "LIP" and the Wyvern was the "LIX" between

My dad had one of these (Velox)when I was a kid. He had a Hillman earlier and then exchanged it for the Velox with a friend.

Also we had found a lovely, original, low mileage 49 Velox in Marredpally in a locked garage. Bought it and were trying to get it running when one of the neighbours came over made an offer for it we couldn't refuse. The car would sitll be with them. It was green and black.

There was a Vauxhall 10 in Banjara Hills in black with a sun roof. It used to belong to the uncle of the guy who owned APC 1.

Any idea if this car survives.
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I chanced upon this funny orange car on a recent trip to Panjim (Goa). It was parked in the basement of an apartment complex and seemed to have been abandoned for years. It sported Ford emblems, but the front looked as if it had been modified -- the bonnet, grill and headlights all look decidedly odd. The rear looks much better, in contrast. What model is this likely to be? Is it indeed a Ford?
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That's a '49-51 Vauxhall Wyvern "LIX"(?), known as the "lip" models.

It was posted here earlier by Ravi I think. I believe the owner who lives nearby, also has an SS80 maruti that is in a similar state!
My God, Shyam, you have some memory !! By the way the mention of Metro Motors got me thinking about the mint condition late Vanguard they had. I promise I'll actively look for it one of these days.
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I chanced upon this funny orange car on a recent trip to Panjim (Goa). It sported Ford emblems, but the front looked as if it had been modified -- the bonnet, grill and headlights all look decidedly odd. The rear looks much better, in contrast. What model is this likely to be? Is it indeed a Ford?
This is an early 60s Ford Taunus, made by Ford, Germany. These cars also had an interesting V4 engine configuration as an option. My old man had one with a Motorola car-phone system way back then in the 'Continent'. Really oddball shape, the Europeans loved it though!!

Edit: Not modified at all, this is how she was designed!
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This is an early 60s Ford Taunus, made by Ford, Germany.
Thanks for that, Prabal. I'd never heard of the Ford Taunus -- at first I thought you'd made a typo for Taurus! But then I put the name into Google image search and found plenty of pics that indicate this is a second-generation Taunus (model 17M P3). Wikipedia calls this particular model "a very successful car"... who would have guessed? Maybe I should track down the owner on a subsequent visit and ask him if it's for sale.
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Thanks for that, Prabal. I'd never heard of the Ford Taunus. Wikipedia calls this particular model "a very successful car"... who would have guessed? Maybe I should track down the owner on a subsequent visit and ask him if it's for sale.
You are welcome Edsel Rulez! History has shown that oddball stuff sometimes get maximum eyeballs!! Got for it next time you're there, you might just get it. All the best n cheers,

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Is this the same one at Dadar Parsi colony? I think a photo of this very car was posted here earlier. Pity it's still lying orphaned!

Better it goes to a good home before a chor bazaar wala (or, knowing the recent interests in this forum, a hotrod mangta hai wala! ) picks it up!
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No this car is in Mahim. The Dadar car is according to me, scrapped recently.

No. This is a different car alltogether. This car is near Worli.
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I chanced upon this funny orange car on a recent trip to Panjim (Goa). It was parked in the basement of an apartment complex and seemed to have been abandoned for years. It sported Ford emblems, but the front looked as if it had been modified -- the bonnet, grill and headlights all look decidedly odd. The rear looks much better, in contrast. What model is this likely to be? Is it indeed a Ford?
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This is an early 60s Ford Taunus, made by Ford, Germany. These cars also had an interesting V4 engine configuration as an option. My old man had one with a Motorola car-phone system way back then in the 'Continent'. Really oddball shape, the Europeans loved it though!!

Edit: Not modified at all, this is how she was designed!
Coo, isn't that something! Really oddball. The rear end is arguably prettier though. When I visited Germany we were travelling by car and passed through the town of Taunus, when the driver asked us "heard of the Ford Taunus? It was named after this city".

Goa never ceases to amaze with oddball classics.
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When I visited Germany we were travelling by car and passed through the town of Taunus, when the driver asked us "heard of the Ford Taunus? It was named after this city".
The Taunus is a mountain chain in the German state of Hesse.
They are part of the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge (Rhenish Slate Mountains) that stretch until Belgium.

Germans pronounce the name as town-us not tawn-us.

What about a town called Taunus?
Several German towns use the name Taunus.
The Main-Taunus-Kreis is a district in Hesse.
Hofheim am Taunus is the seat of that district.
Schwalbach am Taunus is another town in Main-Taunus-Kreis and
Liederbach am Taunus and Sulzbach (Taunus) are municipalities in the same district. Also Kelkheim (Taunus)
Königstein im Taunus is a health resort & hill station on the wooded slopes of the Taunus on the edge of the Rhine-Main region. Other neighbouring towns are: Kronberg im Taunus the state recognized health resort in the Upper Taunus district.
Bad Soden am Taunus is a healthspa on the southern slopes of the Taunus.

The car called Taunus
Ford Taunus was made in Köln (Cologne in English) where Ford of Germany is headquartered. And interestingly, Köln is nowhere near the Taunus mountains !

Taunus was the sole and only brand name used by Ford of Germany for all the cars they made from 1939 onwards, until a second brand -- the Ford Escort was added in 1968.

The 1970-76 Taunus was called Taunus TC or Taunus-Cortina-- the RHD version was sold in the UK under the name: Ford Cortina.

Twenty-two years ago, yours truly owned a 1977 Ford Taunus Mark III.
It was a 2-litre Ghia two-door coupe designed by Uwe Bahnsen.

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Thanks for that, Prabal. I'd never heard of the Ford Taunus -- at first I thought you'd made a typo for Taurus! But then I put the name into Google image search and found plenty of pics that indicate this is a second-generation Taunus (model 17M P3). Wikipedia calls this particular model "a very successful car"... who would have guessed? Maybe I should track down the owner on a subsequent visit and ask him if it's for sale.
How ironic, Edsel ....yet another strange looking Ford Creation. BTW, you should buy it,it looks straight and they are an easy car to work on. The V4 was major disaster though and the best option is to drop in a English Ford 'Kent' crossflow four or a OHC Cortina/pinto engine for reliability and a 'bolt in fit'.
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There were many such Taunus cars in Mumbai. My Dad's friend had one of these in "Refrigerator White" colour (thats what it was called a la premier) and a Zephyr station wagon. I have ridden in them to Mahableshwar many a times. Smooth ride i remember but this car had a heating problem and could not take the ghats very strongly. Maybe an inborn defect o rmaybe the particular car had a problem. But the oddity of the shape is what intrigued me. Dont see any such cars anymore
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How ironic, Edsel ....yet another strange looking Ford Creation.
Nice one there, Star man. LOL!
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Just remembered, Ford also had a mini van called Ford Econoline whose early 60s model had a similar oddball visage, especially the headlight region. This was made in the US though. The van for some reason looked more palatable, to me at least.
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That was the mother of Transit i believe.
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That was the mother of Transit i believe.
I may be wrong, but I think Transit is Euro-Spec only while Econoline still exists in the US.

As a student employee in College, I remember driving this delivery version around campus a few times.

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