Ford Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac

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Ford Consul/Zephyr/
Zodiac Mk. I/II

1950 - 1962
United Kingdom
4 cyl. and 6 cyl.
48-87 bhp
3/4 spd. man 3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
120-145 km/h
Number Built:
2 star
The Consul produced in 1950 boasted a raft of technology which included a unitary constructed chassis which resulted in a lighter structure. The front suspension was on McPherson struts whilst the brakes were fully hydraulic.

Power was increased due to the 1508 cc four cylinder motor, which became a bigger 2262 cc version with six cylinders in the Zephyr model.

Its convertible model had a power-operated top with the top-of-the-range Zodiac displaying white-wall tires and fog lamps.

In order to add some "glamour" to the Ford range a convertible version of both the Consul and Zephyr became available in 1951.

All Consul and Zephyr convertible bodies were built by Carbodies in Coventry and finished by Ford. A special 3 position convertible hood was standard equipment and could be semi-power operated.

The first de ville hood position allowed only the front of the roof to be opened, the second lowered the hood completely in the normal way. Mechanically the Consul Convertible was identical to its saloon counterpart.

The standard specification of the Consul Convertible included the four cylinder 1508cc engine and all the other ground breaking features fitted on the rest of the Consul range.

These cars were popular but even so Ford decided to release the MKII Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac models with bigger styling and engines. The Zephyr/Zodiac could now top 145 km/h with the Consul performing at 128 km/h. 1959 saw the sleek MKII version showing a lower roof line.

It had optional front disc brakes, overdrive and automatic transmission. The MKIII was introduced in 1962 which saw an end to the 50's style Consuls, Zephyrs and Zodiacs which were amongst the best-loved British family saloons of their time.

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