Lot 289 - 1960 Ford Zephyr Mk. II Convertible

Lot 289 - 1960 Ford Zephyr Mk. II Convertible

Lot 289 - 1960 Ford Zephyr Mk. II Convertible

Lot Number 289
Registration 553 YUK
Chassis Number 206E200690
Engine Number 206E200690
Odometer reading 63,648 miles
Result Sold - £7,504

The Mk. I Ford Consul and Zephyr models were first displayed at the Earl's Court motor show in 1950. They were the first to use, in mass production, the MacPherson Strut independent front suspension which is still widely used today. Production began with the Consul on January 1, 1951. The Mk. I model ran until 1956 when the Mk. II Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac went on sale and were known as the Three Graces. The Mk. II range was a big seller and finished its run in 1962 when from April that year the Mk. III Zephyr 4, Zephyr 6 and Zodiac went on sale. In 1956 the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac were all restyled to a new family look. The six cylinder engines were enlarged to 2,553cc with power output correspondingly raised to 86bhp. A two-door convertible version was also offered with power-operated hood, an insight to the future, although very few convertibles are known to survive.

This car is part of the estate of Arthur Bruce Cornwell, the Dan Dare artist who died earlier this year.  It was the first of several Mk. II Fords of the period that he acquired and reported to be his favourite. Bruce, as he was known, was passionate about the Mk. II Zephyrs and Zodiacs and this car was well known, firstly in Ruislip and latterly in Walton-on-the-Naze where he had a holiday home. He was one of the original team of six artists who worked on Dan Dare and other features in the hugely successful Eagle boys' magazine which first appeared in April 1950 and has since acquired cult status.

The convertible versions of the Zephyr and Zodiac models were only produced in limited numbers and had the luxury of a power hood which was extremely rare in the 1960's. Presented with a full MoT test certificate and road tax, this fine example benefits from some exterior embellishments added by Bruce but ultimately represents a very complete car.

Interested parties should note that the current regestration is not being sold with this car and a new age-related plate issued instead.

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