Lot 170 - 1966 Ford Zodiac Mk. III

Lot 170 - 1966 Ford Zodiac Mk. III

Lot 170 - 1966 Ford Zodiac Mk. III

Lot Number 170
Registration DTM 615D
Chassis Number BA64EB31572
Engine Number 213E
Odometer reading 19,290 miles
Result Sold - £22,400
  • Barn found in 2007
  • The best preserved Mk. III in the world
  • Never welded or repaired
  • Classic Ford magazine featured

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 grille (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 Zodiac Mk. III saloon tested by ‘The Motor’ magazine in 1962 had a top speed of 100.7mph and cost £1,070 on the road including taxes.

Originally registered on 3rd May 1966, this well-known, Classic Ford magazine featured Mk. III was discovered in a barn in 2007 with just 13,000 miles on the clock and had only one former keeper. Importantly with not a spot of rust, completely original and described as possibly ‘condition wise’ the best barnfind you could discover. As documented, the brother of the owner who had died in the 80’s, mentioned the car to a Ford enthusiast, he initially wasn’t particularly interested in a project car but was persuaded to take a look, the car which was parked in an agricultural building was, upon inspection, in what appeared to be in time warp condition. The enthusiast remarked that whoever had done the work on the car must have been particularly skilled, only to be informed by the brother ‘oh no, it hasn’t ever been repaired and it was only this good as William had only driven the car occasionally and never if rain was forecast’. Not believing his luck, he purchased the Zodiac for just £1,000 and found that after a wash, the only shame was that the otherwise perfect paintwork had suffered some micro blistering under the dust it had accumulated over the years. With careful consideration, the car was stripped and professionally repainted in its original Ermine White. This process then enabled an even closer inspection and staggeringly the car appeared to have never seen any repairs, not a single weld, indeed other than the new paint applied. The car is 99.9% as it left the showroom in 1966, but for new tyres and a few new replacements for old consumables. Jump forward a decade and the car now rests in the ownership of one of the country’s leading Zodiac specialists and is personally owned by Zodiac Motor Services owner Kevin.
Kevin purchased the car after being impressed when asked to service it and the owner no longer being able to drive a manual clutch, as such the car is still as it was after the recommissioning, perhaps running even better in his stewardship. The car still retains the original owner’s handbook and even the original stamped service booklet, which is ‘rare as hens’ teeth’ alongside a copy of Classic Ford for which the discovery and the story is documented over five pages. We also have tax discs, original registration documents and photographs of the car in the barn before and after its first wash. The car is most certainly a piece of Ford motoring history, and no other Mk. III Zodiac will be a patch on this example, as Kevin at Zodiac Motor Services can testify to. Viewing of this car and the paperwork is highly recommended, you will not find another quite like this we are certain.

 

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