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    Hi

    I've been asked if I know which car this is, pictured below. The photo is of current American Presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was a Mormon missionary in France in 1968. At first I thought the car behind him was a "Renault Dauphine" but the mudguard's wheel arch shapes are all wrong. Same goes with a Panhard Dyna Z, my next candidate - the wheel arches are all wrong. I've looked up Simcas, Fiats, Singers, Hillmans, Opels... and I've run out of candidates.

    Any ideas on what it might be?




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    Not French at all. It's a German Ford Taurus 1973 - 1975

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    Thanks for that suggestion, but the photo was taken in 1968.

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    A German Cortina ................ "The Taurus". Note the wheel arches and the rear bumper.
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    Another book indicates they were produced between 1960 and 1964 which might be the real time line.

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    Actually it's a Ford TAUNUS,not Taurus. They were slightly bigger than a Cortina,and more like the size of a Ford Zephyr/Zodiac. The English equivalent of the Ford Taunus was the Ford Corsair,made in the late sixties and early seventies. One of the design features of the Taunus,was not having round headlights like all other Fords, but oval headlights. Cheers Joe
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    Was recently reading an article on the history of AMC cars which was run by a republican morman named George Romney during the fifties and sixties. Is that Mitt Romney's father?

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    Correction to my previous post. the Ford Taunus was indeed the equivalent to the Ford Cortina. The variants were called 13M,15M and 17M. The car with Rommney was an earlier model of Taunus (probably 1964). This is the later model ,less rounded and more streamlined made in 1966 as advertised in an Italian car magazine called Autorama Salone of November 1966. Cheers
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    Shame on me to suggest it was that ugly American beast.

    You guys are spot on when you say it's a Taunus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemi Metal View Post
    Was recently reading an article on the history of AMC cars which was run by a republican morman named George Romney during the fifties and sixties. Is that Mitt Romney's father?
    Well, that ended splendidly, didn't it? Who'll vote for Mitt (stupid nickname) if it was his Dad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Well, that ended splendidly, didn't it? Who'll vote for Mitt (stupid nickname) if it was his Dad?
    Probably very few Australians and considerably more Americans.
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