The Real Star of ‘The Santa Clause’ is a Ford Taurus SHO | Daily News Byte

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The Santa Clause is a bonafide Christmas classic, with all a The Christmas movie may ask for: Tim Allen, questionable logic, kidnapping and an Italian elf. However, there is something that everyone overlooks—The silver first generation Ford Taurus SHO which is always on screen in the first scenes of the film.

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At first you may think that this is the only one everyday, basic Taurus. they is everywhere in between-‘This movie takes place in the 90s, but upon further examination, you’ll see that this isn’t just any Taurus.

We don’t particularly see the SHO badging, but there are enough clues to show this is not a run-of-The-mill Taurus. Note the lower side skirts, five spoke rims and front air dam. That’s SHO. In a few scenes, we even see the exhaust coming from the dual pipes as Scott Calvin (Allen’s character before he was Santa) drives on a snowy Christmas Eve in what I imagine must be Chicago. What joy!

Forget Santa’s sleigh. This is the true vehicular star of the film. With 220 horsepower on tap from a 3.2-liter Yamaha V6, it can certainly make more power than either (or specifically eight) reindeer. Unfortunately, while the SHO may have been fast for a sedan in 1994, it wasn’t fast enough to bend the laws of space and time. But, we can forgive that. Ford engineers tried their best with this car and there are just things that can’t be matched.

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There is a small falling on this SHO beast, which is a automatic delivery. We can’t see the shifter clearly, but we can definitely see it Allen’s character motion as if he was putting the car in park.

What I really am want to know is how this car came to be Scott Calvin’s. Allen’s character seems like a reasonably high-powered executive at a toy company. The production team (and perhaps Allen himself since he’s a Detroit native and a gearhead in his own right) decided to forgo the obvious European sedan choices in favor of something more American and stranger.

Fix it, Neil!

Even Neil (played by Judge Reinhold), the new h of Scott’s ex-husbandusband, and a complete jerk of a man, drives a boring Volvo sedan. Boo Neil! You stink man! No one likes your sweaters or the fact that you’re a psychiatrist!

After the first act of the movie, the car doesn’t really come out again, so you can probably turn it off after that. Nothing really happens other than a custody dispute, low metabolism issues, a kidnapping and a jailbreak. You know what, upon further examination it was a very dark Christmas movie. Happy Holidays!

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