Ford Zodiac Mk II — Features — Motoring — The Independent

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Zodiac Mk II

Tons of fins, bench it must been made Detroit. Actually, was Dagenham, Sean O’Grady

his masterful, account of history of Ford Motor in Britain, Rawbone describes Ford Zodiac II thus: Mk II good from angle. Rarely a car possessed of balanced proportions.

was right. was Ford in 1956, called its trio of of which Zodiac was most joyous the Three (the Consul Zephyr were lesser siblings; Zodiac was and had smooth 2.5-litre six engine).

while it seem a OTT to a disposable consumer durable as the Zodiac in usually reserved works of I think this case was entirely

First, it rare. The you see in Imperial over smoke is part Ford’s historic collection, which public affairs were kind to lend me. It covered not more than miles since was first in 1961.

is, as say in circles, a of a warp machine. has no belts, because was no requirement to them and car has unmolested since. wears cross-ply so it handle half well as would on modern radial and it a tendency tram line ruts left the road lorries and like.

The radio is It works, but it to be to warm Bizarrely, that Ford fitment pick up Not sure they would made of back in So the is complete original and it’s like in your private episode Heartbeat, or Life on

Of course, doesn’t amount desirability. This where the comes into own. The were the of a called Colin Ford’s chief in Britain. in today’s we have manner of and sizes car, but then styling car pretty meant arranging boxes in row.

Making three boxes in a visually attractive practical fashion much trickier you’d think. is the of the a series compromises between and engineering.

Zodiac’s compromises successful, and everyone. It exquisitely styled; of American of the but with restraint. Hence vestigial fins the back, careful use chrome and attention to in exterior and on interior controls.

The switches finished in as is console-long parcel The mock badges that up everywhere strangely authentic. of all the inner ring on steering column, which you the horn rich baritone The wheel is huge thin, as should be keep the as light possible. The has presence, and out.


Zodiac Mk II

was a commercial success. UK production from 1954 1958 (imagine and this had a deal to with that. fitted the of the emerging from age of approaching the of affluence. cautiously optimistic The Ford less dowdy its British the Austin Morris Oxford, Vanguard and Cresta, all which looked but never graceful as Zodiac.

If it a jukebox wheels, it playing Cliff and Lonnie rather than and Little Even today, rock’n’roll credentials a little While the Zodiac often at classic-car being driven a teddy and his moll, very teds could afforded one. years ago, they were on sale, Zodiac would you back £1,000; about years’ wages the average man, or £40,000 in terms. It a professional transport built tweed rather speed, and really intended wheels for given to cinema seats.

was respectable the time: flat out, 0-60 in seconds. Even it can about keep The worst is the they’re vacuum-operated, basically means they go the slower go. Counter-intuitive.

Most of effort in Zodiac is on keeping thing going a straight and tackling with a deal of preparation. The three-speed has barely perceptible when changing, the brakes discs, back are efficient.

the time to replace Zodiac, Ford out a heavier-looking car. a trick the manufacturers on us making cars and more as the incomes and of their grow. It worked for as successive of Cortina/Sierra/Mondeo bigger and and faster.

the Mk Zodiac was the last successful big Even the and its couldn’t, in end, counter British deification German marques.

long line big Fords, which the II Zodiac the most scion, died in 1999. Zodiac was first car come from new discipline product planning, was designed all its and built Dagenham. They make diesel there, but heart that us that beats no A pity.

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