…according to the New York State DMV, anyway. But everyone here knows better. The first generation Taurus has been a classic for quite some time. While the sedan gets most of the praise for its game-changing design, the wagon was also quite the coup as well. And this particular bull has aged in a most Helen Mirren like manner.
A white, first-generation Taurus wagon increases my serotonin level because I used to own one. This one however, is a bit different: its a base L model. We’ll see exactly what that entails below, but for now one difference that stood out was the body colored rocker panels. My GL wagon had plastic rockers that matched the bumper level wraparound in both material and color.
Another feature lacking on the base model: a rear window wiper. Strangely enough, my GL lacked this as well, so I’m not exactly sure which Taurus was the outlier in that regard. I also just noticed that the black out b-pillars that were noteworthy on the sedan are not featured on the wagon. Regardless, this particular example is nearly flawless, and I would be amazed if more than one hundred of these still exist in North America in similar condition.
My, what a nice engine bay you have there! Just more evidence that this car was garaged for its whole life. Either that, or the prospective seller decided to spray the bay in order to make this car more alluring than it already is. The “Vulcan” V-6 was well known for its bulletproof reliability and is the engine you want in a first gen Taurus. It was also famous for featuring easy to read labels for the washer fluid and coolant reservoir, something that was rare during the 80’s.
Check out this gloriously purple interior! It belies the modern looking exterior to some extent, but if you want to own a classic Taurus, why would you want your interior to blend in with more modern vehicles? The “not quite a bench seat” can fit another person up front if you push those dual armrests up. A clever feature that was still available in forth generation Taurri.
Purple seats, purple seatbelts, purple carpets, and a purple headliner. The only non-purple portion of this interior is the dashboard. And here we can see what an L model lacks: cruise control and power seats, among other amenities.
I take that back, as it seems only half the dash escapes the scourge of the purple monster. The upside is a control panel that is tilted towards you for maximum ergonomic goodness. This is the interior that put an American automaker on equal terms with its Japanese competitors. That column mounted shifter obscures our view, but judging by that temperature gauge I’d say the L models lacked air conditioning. I wouldn’t consider that a downside though, because even after ten years I can still remember just how powerless that V-6 became when you turned that dial to the A/C.
Here is ground zero for evidence that the L model is the base option: glaringly obvious spots for power windows and locks. But oddly enough, it seems all Taurri of this vintage feature power mirrors.
I’m going to hazard a guess and say that the third row option was a standalone option for the Taurus wagon, as my GL didn’t feature one. I’m not sure why someone would opt against it, as it looks like there is no sacrifice of cargo space. Anyway, either this example or my old wagon must have been a mid 1989 changeover, because my rear speakers were actually on the ceiling near the c-pillars. I’d be curious how the stereo sounds with the setup you see above, because the way my wagon was set up, those rear speakers were actually pointed towards the front, resulting in very good acoustics for a family car.
If I was older and more settled, I’d take the 4 hour drive to Maryland and pick this baby up. But alas, my classic car purchase will have to wait. If you’re interested, click this link to bid on it. As of this writing, there’s already been fifteen bids!