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.