- Very rare and stylish Ford
- Nice body and Glossy paintwork
- Wonderful interior patina
- Recently recommissioned
The Zephyr 4, and it’s 6-cylinder sibling, the Zephyr 6, were a significant styling departure from the earlier 1950’s designs. Detroit influenced in-house designer Roy Brown penned a sharper executive model with a purposeful stance and distinctive rear fins.
This British built 211E model rolled out of the factory during the first year of production, and as the name implies, is fitted with it’s original 1,703cc 4-cylinder engine, as utilised in the MK II, although boosted from 59 to 68 bhp.
Extremely rare and collectable now, this attractive light blue example is one of Ford’s finest classics and described by the vendor as a “good solid car” and “ drives very nicely with light steering and no annoying rattles”.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
- Original registration number
- Stored since 1996
- No (exempt) MOT history
First registered on the 13th September 1962, little is known about this Zephyr’s history other than
it appears to have been a resident of Dorset for much of it’s life and was acquired by the previous owner in May 1996 but remained in storage.
The vendor has recommissioned the car over the last couple of months to make sure it is fully roadworthy and reliable and has enjoyed driving it to local events such as the Beaulieu Autojumble.
This Ford still wears it’s original (and transferrable) Bournemouth registration number, and paperwork wise, it simply comes with the V5 (in the previous owner's name).
There is no online MOT history but the exempt tax has been renewed and is valid until the 1st June 2023.
- Nice condition and patina
- Original and unmolested
- Functioning electrical equipment
Sliding onto the generous 2-tone front bench seat, you are greeted with a slim 2-spoke steering wheel and simple dashboard layout with a long Smiths speedo’, fuel and temperature gauges.
The switchgear, warning lights and heater controls are all fine and are said to function correctly, and the soft dash top is in good condition, although there is some surface corrosion to the lower painted metal surfaces and steering column - but this just adds to the age-related patina.
The column gear change is to the left, as is the chrome pull-handle handbrake and a floor-mounted dip-switch.
The large windows allow the light to flood into the spacious interior. The silver/grey and black vinyl door trims and matching seats have minor signs of use, but nothing drastic, and the roof lining and black rubber floor covering, whilst not perfect, probably correspond to an unrestored interior of this vintage.
At the rear, the wide boot space should easily suffice for any day out with the whole family. Although not mint, it contains a mat, useable spare and jack. The fuel tank appears to be a smaller replacement with another section of tank acting as a gap-filler (see photo).
- Style icon
- Good body and glossy paint
- Presentable chrome and trim
The MK III Zephyr’s sleek yet sharp styling is unmistakable and enhanced by the squarer roofline, slim pillars and larger windows.
The body is very straight and largely ding-free and the glossy light blue paintwork is very much a period colour and suits the car really well. It is likely that a degree of restoration work and fresh paint has been applied over the years.
There are some touched-in areas around the car and some bubbling and signs of past repairs to the door bottoms. The corrosion-prone front and rear valences, sills and wheel arches have the odd bit of surface rust, but appear solid.
The chrome bumpers and trim are presentable, with some blemishes, and the lights and badges and other fittings are all fine. Looking underneath, we can see a solid looking wax-oiled and undersealed chassis, floor and suspension parts.
Original painted steel wheels are finished off with nice chrome hub caps and vented beauty rings
and have four older Colway tyres fitted with a good level of tread.
- Standard 4-cylinder engine
- Recently serviced
- New clutch and brake components
Believed to be the original engine, this standard 1,703 cc OHV 4-cylinder has around 68 bhp on offer and should keep up with modern traffic. As mentioned, it has been thoroughly checked over, serviced and recommissioned by the vendor after being stored for a number of years, and now starts and runs smoothly and confidently with no reported overheating issues or significant oil leaks.
The four-speed synchromesh gearbox and column change are said to operate well too along with the McPherson coil spring front suspension and rear leaf springs. The differential is quiet, the steering is light, and the front disc brakes and rear drums are effective with new pads and shoes.
Recent new and refurbished parts include:
- New clutch
- Oil, filter and plugs
- Fresh gearbox oil
- New brake pads and shoes
- Brake fluid replaced
- Rebuilt brake servo
Now 60 years young, this distinctive Zephyr has become a style icon and head-turning cruiser, and with classic Ford values ever climbing, could be a good investment.
With a degree of continued care, this comfortable and ready to drive example should be a pleasure to own and ideal for heading off to events in with your best mate or the whole family.
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