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Guilty Pleasure: 1986 Ford Taurus


1986 Ford Taurus

1986 Ford Taurus

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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 (or Sables).

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 work!

1986 Ford Taurus

1986 Ford Taurus

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  1. Ah, my parents had a 5 speed Taurus wagon when I was a teen. Kinda wished we still had it.
     
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  2. I understand! I'm restoring an 86" LX as we speak!
     
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  3. I have a fine '86 LX model with the bulletproof Vulcan V6. Named him Benji since he cost a cool $100. He lives on the farm and has been abused many many times but just won't die. It's impressive how light it feels, gets nearly 30mpg, it's roomy and impressively modern for being 26 years old.
     
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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBhI2lumCZI
     
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