IN­TER­EST­ING FACTS

Car (South Africa) - - BUY -

Ac­cord­ing to our road tests, another name al­lo­cated to this P5 Ford was “Tiger”. So the tiger name/logo was be­ing used way be­fore Mahin­dra in­tro­duced tiger-claw door han­dles or Kia em­braced the tiger­nose grille. Be­fore the P5 Taunus, of course, we had the Sun­beam Tiger, with its strong V8 en­gine, car­ry­ing the big cat’s name. A search sug­gests that this Tiger name was a Ford South Africa idea, as no one else seemed to use it and it soon dis­ap­peared. Wil­lie Meiss­ner, the great South African tuner and en­gi­neer, mod­i­fied the V4 en­gine (in 2,0-litre size) with a high-torque camshaft, free-flow ex­haust and a four-bar­rel Nikki car­bu­ret­tor on an in­take man­i­fold that had to be spe­cially cast to re­place the un­suit­able orig­i­nal. This im­proved ac­cel­er­a­tion by more than 50% and top speed by 16%. These kits were avail­able through Ford deal­er­ships for all Fords us­ing V4 en­gines.

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