The Argentinian Connection
Although production of both the TC3 and Cortina mk5 ceased in European markets in 1982, the Taunus name carried on in other markets.
Production of the TC1 model started in Argentina in 1974, following revisions and upgrades required for the harsher South American environment. A years-worth of testing, revising and testing had led to improvements, mostly to the chassis. Some components were beefed up but most notably the biggest change was to the rear axle which was changed to the Dana Axle Type 30. Ford considered the Dana axle a stronger unit than either of the more common Atlas or the Salisbury units.