Specific: The Zephyr was
besides normal duties, used as a drivers training
vehicle. Replaced by Volvo 144 starting in the early 1970´s The
last vehicles was demobbed in the late 1970´s.
Historical: Ford introduced a new Zephyr/Zodiac
range in April 1966 to replace the Mk
III range. Once
again the "base" four cylinder model was the
Zephyr 4, although a new 1996cc V4 engine replaced the
old in-line engine. The Zephyr 4 now came with the option
of either a floor or column mounted manual gearchange as
well as an automatic as option.
The Zephyr used a new bodyshell which had very bold US
influenced styling and featured an enormous bonnet and a
blanked grille panel. The range also used all-round disc
brakes and fully independent suspension, quite a
development on ordinary cars in 1966. Unfortunately the
Mk IV range suffered with corrosion problems and the V4
developed a troublesome reputation.
Production of the Mk IV Zephyr/Zodiac stopped in 1972,
when it was replaced by the new Consul/Granada range.
Length: 4.70 m (183 inches).
Width: 1.81 m (70 inches).
Height: 1.43 m (56 inches).
Engine: Own V4-cylinder, 1.996 cm3 (121 cubic
Horsepower: 82 at 4.750 rpm.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 12 volt.
Tyres: 6.40 - 13.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 68 liter (15 gallons).