Taunus Tran­sit and Anglia Torino.

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS - Il­lus­tra­tions: Si­mon Coul­son

It’s not just the Mk3 Cortina that Ford of Ger­many pro­duced their own ver­sion of (see page 28), they had a crack at the Tran­sit, too (ac­tu­ally, the Taunus Tran­sit pre­dates the UK Tran­sit by 12 years!). This FK1250 has made its way from the Cologne fac­tory to the UK via Por­tu­gal and though clearly in need of some at­ten­tion, looks pretty solid. Luck­ily, at­ten­tion is just what we’re go­ing to give it, and as this is our global is­sue, we’re tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent au­to­mo­tive scenes from around the world. So, once the cab has been re­paired (and the quar­terlights in the doors re­in­stated) we’re re­spray­ing it in Dove Grey (a ’50s US Ford shade) be­fore re­unit­ing it with the chas­sis along with a new pick-up bed — Aussie Ute-style — us­ing some Black­wood im­ported from Tas­ma­nia. Then we’re back to Ger­many for a TüVap­proved sus­pen­sion drop and a set of BRM wheels, bolted up us­ing hub adap­tors, be­fore turn­ing our at­ten­tion to the en­gine bay, and what else but a 20-valve 4A-GE Toy­ota mo­tor from Ja­pan should go in here?

Only built for a cou­ple of years and mainly for the Ital­ian mar­ket (where, ap­par­ently, by the mid ’60s cus­tomers found the fins and dis­tinc­tive raked rear win­dow of the orig­i­nal de­sign dated), the Mich­e­lot­tipenned Anglia Torino is a bit of a rar­ity these days. Which is why ev­ery­thing we’re do­ing to this orig­i­nal ex­am­ple can be eas­ily re­versed. First off, in­spired by the clas­sic Ital­ian Bianchi cy­cle brand, we’re re­spray­ing the Torino in their dis­tinc­tive blue-green and adding some go-faster stripes to the lower flflflflanks. flanks. As the Torino is still es­sen­tially a 105E un­der­neath, we’ve been to Milton and pur­chased its en­tire sus­pen­sion cat­a­logue to bolt up the rein­vig­o­rated bodyshell be­fore track­ing down a set of 7x13 inch Cam­pag­nolo GTAM wheels from an Alfa Romeo which hand­ily share the Ford 4x108 PCD — not cheap, but oh-so-worth it. All that’s left is to tweak the in­te­rior (a pair of low­back vinyl buck­ets and a Nardi woodrim wheel should sort it) fol­lowed by the en­gine — and what bet­ter than an Al­lard su­per­charger kit for the orig­i­nal 997 Pre-Cross­flflow. Mag­nifi­fico!

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