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New Zealand Classic Car - - Reader's Writes -

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

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