Lot 3 - 1961 Ford Zodiac Mk.II (206E) Convertible
|Engine Number||284 681|
|Odometer reading||51,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £6,663|
Ford had first experimented with convertible versions of its Consul and Zephyr in the mid-50's with the Mk.I cars. In that range the Zephyr topped the convertible range with a Zodiac version available. Due to the initial Mk.I models success, Ford added a Zodiac Convertible to its all new Mk. II range in 1956.
Like the Zephyr version the Zodiac Convertible boasted a power operated, three position folding hood. The Zodiac came ""fully loaded"" with luxury fittings and usually had two-tone paintwork, leather upholstery and a radio to add even more glamour. At about the same time Dane Dare was pitched against his mortal enemy, The Mekon and busy saving the world. This exciting comic strip took first of all the UK and then the world by storm. This in a time when a weekly sales figure per title was in the region of 300,000 (now sadly declining to around 80,000 per week - in 1950 the first issue of Eagle sold close to 1 million copies). For over fifty years Dan Dare has continued to weave his magic over the boys of the UK - many of them now retired pensioners! Through many incarnations, many different comic titles, and myriad adventures - although hard to define, there is something about this hero that is unlike anything ever seen before.
And it was one Bruce Cornwell who was responsible, amongst others, for producing the images. Which leads us neatly back to this Ford Zodiac. For it was the car of choice for this talented artist. Indeed, Bruce Cornwall has been the only owner this potentially attractive example has ever known. So just one owner and 51,000 recorded, this rare British drop top requires a little attention although not as much as you may think for it has acquired a fresh MoT test certificate valid until April, 2011 and, according to the vendor, runs well.
(Interested parties should note that the restored example depicted above is an example of a similar car.)
Previous lotLot 29 - 1929 DeSoto Six Roadster
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