A Century of Cars: 57. 1960 Ford Taunus 17m Convertible
The Ford Taunus P3 had a completely new
body in a very modern style. The look of car reminded some critics
of a bath tub, and it consequently gained the soubriquet "Taunus
Badewanne". At a time when competitors boasted that all four corners
of the vehicles were visible from the driver's seat, the new Taunus
instead offered a streamlined form.
However, in Germany the concept of streamlining in cars was associated with narrow passenger cabins reminiscent of the 1930s and of the still popular Volkswagen Beetle. The new Taunus, however, provided greater interior width than its predecessor despite being no wider on the outside.
Although the 1.7 litre version was launched with the same 60 PS power output as the outgoing model, the new model was a full 10 km/h (6 mph) faster, which was attributed to improved aerodynamics and a lighter body-shell. The front end styling is reminiscent of the 1961 U.S. Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental.