BIG WHEELS AND LOW-PRO­FILE TYRES

Classic Ford - - PROJECT HUNTER -

It would be hard to ar­gue against the case that the Mus­cle Car era, which roughly ran from the mid ‘60s to the early ‘70s, pro­duced some of the most iconic Amer­i­can cars ever. And if you squint, the Taunus P7 body shape is mus­cle car era-ish, al­beit on a Euro­pean scale. With that in mind, we’ve gone Detroit on this piece of Ford Cologne his­tory (now re­sid­ing in Spain), but not be­fore per­form­ing some mi­nor restora­tion work – be­cause let’s face it, this puppy needs a new pair of wings. Once back in fine shape, we’ve prepped and painted the shell in Mopar Sub­lime Green (ged­dit?) — most com­monly found on the 1970 Dodge Charger, but we’ll think you’ll agree, looks mighty fine on this Euro Ford. A black side stripe has been added, with Taunus script that echoes the grille badge from a P3 model, and at the same time we’ve painted all the chrome black too – note we’ve left the arch trims and sill cov­ers in place. Once done, it’s time to turn our at­ten­tion to the run­ning gear, with a fairly se­vere drop in ride height and narrowing the rear axle to al­low those 11x18 BBS CH split-rims (9x18s up front) to fit be­hind the arches, and now painted green with black cen­tres. Un­der the bon­net, you’ll find a tur­bocharged 2.3 EcoBoost from the cur­rent Mus­tang range, backed up by it’s match­ing six-speed ’box, and sound­ing darned awe­some through those twin pipes, now painted in heat-re­sis­tant satin black, natch. And the in­te­rior? Think ‘70s RS mixed with ‘90s street rod — a pair of Scheel roll­tops trimmed in black tweed with the stock rear bench done to match. Let’s go race, jah?

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