Published on May 18th, 2017 | by BajaBusta0
TV’s Patrick Duffy Compares the 1986 Ford Taurus to the F16, Space Shuttle and IBM Computer
Widely previewed throughout 1985, and first sold in the 1986 model year, the Taurus was one of Ford Motor Company’s most successful models. The smooth , all new 1986 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable not only replaced the dated Fairmont based “little” LTD, and Marquis (respectively), but proved a much better seller at over 236,000 Taurus’, and 96,000 Sables, for its nine month model year. The company spent five years and $3 billion to develop the Taurus/Sable, and when it was introduced, the car’s advanced engineering and aerodynamic design drew widespread praise. Offering front drive, three trim levels, sedan and wagon body styles, and a host of sensible features, Taurus/Sable fast became a symbol of Detroit’s new “can-do” attitude and ability to compete against even high buck imports. Base prices were in the $10,000 to $14,000 range. By 1992 the Taurus had become the best selling car in the United States, barely beating out the Honda Accord, which had held that position since 1989.