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Ford Zephyr

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Shown in 1950 at the Earl’s Court Motor Show, the six-cylinder Zephyr (along with its sister car, the four-cylinder Ford Consul) had what was modern full-width styling and MacPherson Strut independent front suspension. The Mk II, with a look resembling American Fords of the time, débuted in 1956, with the Zodiac now an independent model (it was previously an upscale Zephyr). While successful in many countries, it did not resonate as well with the Australian public, and Ford Australia replaced its Zephyr with the American-based Falcon. For the Mk III generation, beginning 1962, the Consul was dropped, with Zephyr now available with a four- or six-cylinder engine. The Mk IV proved to be the undoing of the Zephyr range: it was too large for customers, and the Cortina Mk II was doing far better for Ford of Britain in any case. The deletion of the Zephyr range in 1972 passed without much noise, with Ford of Europe releasing a far more complete car, the new Consul, in its place.

Marque: Ford | Predecessor: Ford Consul Mk II | Successors: Ford Falcon (XP), Ford Consul (1972–5)

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