The UK Ford Pilot was replaced by the Ford Zephyr which was manufactured by Ford of Britain from 1950 to 1972. Originally the 4-cylinder was known as the Ford Consul but from 1962 both four- and six-cylinder versions were named Zephyr. In later years a luxury version called the Zephyr Zodiac and later just Zodiac was added to the range.
The Mark I Ford Zephyr was built from 1950 to 1956. It was the first to use the MacPherson Strut independent front suspension in a mass production British car.
Mark II Ford Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac were produced from 1956 to 1962 and were known as the “Three Graces”. The Consul was a 4 cylinder vehicle while the Zephyr was a 6 cylinder model.
In 1962 the Mark Mark III Zephyr 4, Zephyr 6 and Zodiac went on sale. The Consul name was dropped and replaced with the 4-cylinder Zephyr. While the Mark II Zephyr and Zodiacs had shared the same body the new Mark III Zodiac and Zephyrs shared few body panels. The Mark III proved to be popular and the most durable of the range but was discontinued in January 1966.
The completely new Zephyr / Zodiac Mark IV range was released in April 1966, but the development of the model was rushed and this was reflected in its lack of durability. It was one of the first medium priced cars to feature rear disc brakes. Despite its unreliability the Ford Zephyr continued in production until 1972.
It was replaced by the relaunched Ford Consul named range as well as the Ford GranadaCompetition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
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1955 Ford Zephyr Six Cabriolet – Charles01 [ CC BY-SA 4.0] – Featured Image
1954 Ford Zephyr six – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1956 Ford Zephyr Mk II Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]
1959 Ford Zephyr Mk II – Charlie from United Kingdom [CC BY 2.0]
1964 Ford Zephyr Mk III – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0]
1970 Ford Zephyr Mk IV – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]