The passenger pigeon
was once one of the most common birds in North America, but the last one died in 1914.
The first-generation Ford Taurus
might be our automotive
passenger pigeon; oh, sure, everyone recognizes the first Taurus as an important car, but has anyone thought to preserve any super-original examples?
The last time I counted Tauruses in the Ford section of a big, high-turnover junkyard, I found that 118 out of the 300 Fords were Tauruses
So, while there will always be Taurus SHOs getting restored and driven with pride, the humble first-year Taurus is being crushed in numbers matched only by those of the Chrysler LH series
. By the time we realize that we no longer see clapped-out '86 Tauruses clanking down the street on three space-saver spares, it will be too late!
So, I may have to start searching for one of the few elusive low-mile/original-owner Tauruses that remain (preferably in the very 80s refrigerator-white paint) and stash it away. Nobody will understand, but that's the way Guilty Pleasures