READERS’ WRITES Estate preservation
What a great idea to feature cars from various editions on a set of playing cards to celebrate the 300th edition. Paul’s fabulous Zodiac MKII was of great interest.
I well remember the MKI and MKII estate cars in Britain. At the time, Ford marketed two small estates based on the 100E van — one with the wood-slat sides and rear called ‘Squire’, and a plainerlooking one called ‘Escort’. They were very popular.
An executive at Fry’s of Lewisham, South London — London’s first Ford main dealer — said Ford did not envisage estates based on the Consul, Zephyr, and Zodiac being popular, which is why it farmed them out to Abbott Ltd to make them to order.
The Aussie version looks interesting. Perhaps if Abbott had built them in a similar way, they would have held more appeal. The fact there are so few of them is all the more reason to preserve them, as they are all great cars. Ken Braddon, Auckland The Consuls, Zephyrs, and Zodiacs of that era have certainly become Kiwi icons. I’m sure many of our readers have a tale or two to tell about their favourite model. AFW