Lot 210 - 1964 12918 Zodiac Mk.III

Lot 210 - 1964 12918 Zodiac Mk.III

Lot 210 - 1964 12918 Zodiac Mk.III

Lot Number 210
Registration BRY508B
Chassis Number 264D266335L
Engine Number 135808
Odometer reading 67,319 miles
Estimate £7,000 - £9,000
Result Sold - £6,720

The Ford Zephyr and its variant, the Zodiac, were the largest passenger cars in the British Ford range and were manufactured from 1950 through to 1972. The Zodiac was an upmarket version of the Zephyr 6, but differed considerably from that model by the limousine-type rear doors, sharper roofline (with narrower C-pillar), unique grill (four headlights instead of two), plusher seating with up-market upholstery, dashboard and interior fittings. A choice of individual or bench front seat was available; the front doors and bonnet panels were shared with the Zephyr 6. The 2553cc single-carburettor six-cylinder engine was improved internally to increase the power output to 109bhp, hence the brakes were uprated and were servo assisted, using discs at the front and drums at the rear. A Mk.III saloon tested by 'The Motor' magazine in 1962 had a top speed of 100.7mph and cost £1070 on the road including taxes.

This delightful automatic Zodiac Mk.III was supplied by The Central Motor Company in Leicester and was first registered on 24th September 1964. Clearly, restoration work has been carried out on BRY508B at some stage, although this appears to have been done to a good standard. When viewed, the straight-six engine started from cold immediately and the car is described by the vendor as being 'nostalgic and fun' to drive. The white coachwork is in good order and the interior trim virtually unmarked; even the huge front bench seat adjusts with ease. This Zodiac comes supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 13th June 2014, together with the original service book. Classic Fords have been well received at auction of late; this 50 year old example will be no exception.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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