Bernd was an employee at various Ford plants between 1973 and 2009 and has a wealth of knowledge about the Taunus marque.
In 2002 Bernd published his first book, Speak with Ford first, a contemporary Ford of Germany tagline. In this book, Bernd describes Ford's automobile advertising between 1949 and 1973.
In April 2007 Bernd published a book about the Ford Taunus 17M P3 - the famous "bathtub". The P3 was a revolution because of its unusual rounded shape, because it no longer had anything in common with the pontoon bodies that were common at the time. With this model Ford created the "line of reason". That was also the advertising slogan of that time.
In December 2012, his book about the Ford Taunus 17M P2, "Small Street Cruiser from Cologne" came onto the market. The 17M P2 model, which was so reminiscent of the American Ford Fairlane of the 1950s, was given the nickname "Gelsenkirchener Barock" because of the enormous amount of chrome on the vehicle.
Bernd didn't stop with the P2 and the P3 though, the P4 couldn't be missing. Designed under the code name "Cardinal" in the USA, it was produced in Germany from 1962 to 1966 and was the first Ford front-wheel drive vehicle.
Shortly afterwards, New Beginning at Ford appeared, a book dealing with the production of the first Taunus models from 1948 (known as the humps, globes and stripes-Taunus).
Bernd has kindly allowed us to use some of his own personal photographs and images from his vast collection of press photographs on the FTC-GB website.