Taunus Transit and Anglia Torino.
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!