It may seem a bit strange, but my very 1st car after learning how to drive on a 1981 Volvo 240 wagon, was a 1986 Ford Taurus. A brand new one- when I was 16 years old. I had a pretty good job, and my Dad co-signed. I had originally planned on a Ford Escort or Chevy Nova- but I'll credit my early developed negotiation skills. The car was revolutionary at the time- and many design elements you don't even consider today 1st appeared in this car. One example- headlights that were integrated into the car, not round or rectangle glass light bulbs. There are many many articles on the 1st Taurus/Sable, and it's importance to automotive design can't be understated. My girlfriend at the time didn't really care for it... so I traded it in on the Ford Probe (that I still own). Like many ordinary cars- they were used up and turned into hammers and dishwashers. Out of the 2 million built, I would bet this is one of the nicest basic model examples there is. I won this on an auction site- however the previous owner was a car enthusiast too, making this one a gem. This is the last year of the 1st generation Taurus. Fitted with an airbag, V6, and luxurious power locks, it was a bit nicer than mine- but still has a bench seat and hand crank windows. Driving this car feels like a ride in a time machine.
- 140 HP
- 3.0L V6
- Curb Weight 3130 lbs
- 0 to 60 9.7 (seems so much faster when you are 16)
- Top Speed of 123 MPH
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