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My series about German motorization from 1945 until 1970, as displayed at Auto- und Uhrenwelt Schramberg, Black Forest, should slowly come to an end. This is the last image but two, and if you followed me, you will have noticed that some important car producers have not been mentioned yet.
After WW I, the import of foreign cars into the German Reich was forbidden. When this was terminated in 1925, Ford Motor Company AG took up their business and assembled car kits imported from the U.S. like Ford T Model. The factory moved to Cologne and then produced their own blueprints, which received names referring to parts of the Rhenish Slate Mountains: Ford Cologne, Ford Rhineland, Ford Eifel and Ford Taunus.

After WW II, production of pre-war Taunus was resumed in 1948, followed in 1952 by their first post-war construction with a self-supporting ponton body work, intended as a competitor of VW Beetle in the lower middle class. The name should have been Ford Hunsrόck or Ford Westerwald, as these rhenish hilly landscapes had not been mentioned before, but was chosen instead to be Ford Taunus 12 M. With "M" standing for "Meisterstόck", masterpiece, with a world sphere in the middle of the front hood.

The motor had 1200 ccm and 38 HP for the 12M and 1500 ccm, 55 HP for the 15M, now arriving in middle class. The car was o.k., but did not have many remaining technical merits, was relatively expensive and produced until 1959.

Neighbouring Ford 17M was its successor, with 1700 ccm, 60 HP, american style shark fins and often two-coloured painting which people loved then, and produced 1957-1960. You optimistically drove into the future with it.

Today, people hide in black SUVs and attempt to chase away from future.

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