Lot 318 - 1961 Ford Consul 375
|Odometer reading||78,336 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,712|
In 1956, a new Consul appeared with the Ford code of 204E. The car was still the four-cylinder sub-model of the Zephyr range, with which it shared the same basic body shell. Compared with the original it had a longer wheelbase, larger 1703cc, 59bhp engine and a complete restyle, borrowing cues from the 1956 models of America's Thunderbird and Fairlane. One thing not updated was the windscreen wipers which were still vacuum-operated. The roof profile was lowered in 1959 on the Mk. II version which also had redesigned rear lights and much of the external brightwork in stainless steel. Front disc brakes with vacuum servo appeared as an option in 1960 and were made standard in 1961. The name became the Consul 375 in mid-1961. A Consul Mk. II, tested by the British magazine, The Motor, in 1956 had a top speed of 79.3 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 23.2 seconds.
This 1961 Ford Consul 375 has been the subject of a cosmetic restoration, it is believed, within the last ten years. Recently the property of a television and film vehicle hire company and used in various productions, as a result it has been fully maintained and checked through to guarantee reliability when on set. Finished in blue with blue vinyl, this Ford Consul Mk. II is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2015. This attractive example is the ideal family car to take to classic car events like the Goodwood Revival or the Brooklands Breakfasts.
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.