Lot 130 - 1955 Ford Zephyr
|Odometer reading||24,372 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
The Ford Zephyr was manufactured by Ford of Britain from 1952 to 1972. Initially it was sold as a more powerful six-cylinder model to complement the four-cylinder Ford Consul and from 1962 the Zephyr itself was offered in both four and six-cylinder versions, the Consul having been discontinued. The first of the Zephyr range was a lengthened version of the four-cylinder 1508cc Consul engine, with a 2262cc six-cylinder engine producing 68bhp. The Zephyr came with a three-speed gearbox, controlled by a column-mounted gear lever. The front suspension design employed what would later come to be known as Macpherson struts while a more conventional configuration for the rear suspension used a live axle with half-elliptic springs. The car could reach just over 80mph and returned 23mpg. The Ford Zephyr Six was available with four-door saloon, estate and two-door convertible bodies. The convertible version was made by Carbodies and had a power-operated hood; the estate car was by Abbotts of Farnham and was sold as the Farnham.
This Ford Zephyr was originally registered on 20th May 1955 and, whilst quite a sound running example, would benefit from an enthusiastic owner restoring XPB 869 to her former glory. Clearly work has been carried out on the body during its 6o years on the road and there are areas of corrosion that could do with attention. The interior appears to be original although again, the leather seats could do with some specialist repairs. We did not hear the engine running but everything seems to be present and correct. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this Ford is currently registered as SORN. Classic Ford prices have continued to rise significantly of late; this Zephyr appears realistically priced given the estimate.
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