1953 Ford Zephyr


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    62 161 mi / 100 039 km
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Introduced in early 1951, Ford's Consul (four-cylinder) and Zephyr (six-cylinder) models were notable for their use of a monocoque bodyshell, MacPherson Strut independent front suspension and hydraulic drum brakes. Able to seat up to six thanks to the provision of a front bench seat and column gearchange, the Ford duo were powered by a new generation of 'oversquare' engines. Notably rugged and surprisingly quick, the 2262cc OHV-engined Zephyr Six proved a highly effective rally car with Maurice Gatsonides winning the 1953 Monte Carlo Rally aboard one (beating a Jaguar MKVII into second place) and Vic Preston piloting another to victory on the 1955 East African Safari Rally. Updated in September 1952, the Zephyr gained a revised dashboard with a separate instrument pod that mimicked the shape of its grille. For those Zephyr owners who wanted more performance Raymond Mays offered a range of tuning goodies from twin carburettors to freer-flowing exhausts. Suitably enhanced, the six-seater Ford could give contemporary sportscars a run for their money with a 95mph top speed!

Finished in Blue with Light Grey leather upholstery, this particular example has formed part of a private Irish collection since 2006. The Ford's front and rear bench seats have been re-trimmed at some stage (leather was an optional extra in period) but its door cards look to be original. Under the bonnet the Zephyr's six-cylinder engine sports a tubular exhaust manifold but otherwise things appear pretty standard. The saloon's rear window carries an aftermarket sun blind. Wonderfully evocative of the 1950s and a comparatively rare survivor today, this appealing Ford looks to be in good overall condition and started readily during our photography session (October 2017).

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