1965 FORD ZODIAC
Ford introduced the MKIII Zephyr and Zodiac in 1962, but, unlike the MKI And MKII ranges, there was no Consul model. Instead, the smaller-engined four-cylinder car was called the ‘Zephyr Four’. The Zodiac was offered as the topof-the-range model and built on the strengths of the previous big British Fords. The Zephyr Six / Zodiac featured the same 2553cc engine as its 1956– 62 predecessor, but the higher compression ratio gave an extra 15kw, and the chassis design was also based on that of the MKII but with stronger construction. The MKIII Zodiac featured extra glass in the rear quarters, a fullwidth grille with four headlamps, and a more luxurious interior. Production of all models ended in 1966.
The Zephyr Six became wellknown to many with its regular appearance in the popular 1960s television series Z Cars. In January 1966, the squarecut MKIV Zephyr and Zodiac replaced the MKIII cars.
Having had just seven owners since new, this 1965 Ford Zodiac is, without doubt, one of the tidiest around, boasting an original 186,650km on the clock. Reliability is further enhanced with a fully rebuilt engine, completed just 11,500km ago. In addition, a new clutch and pressure plate have been installed; the front and rear brakes have recently received a complete overhaul; and the wheel bearings, front ball-joints, and seals have also been recently replaced.
The current owner has had the pleasure of enjoying this car for seven years but has decided that it’s time to buy a camper van and travel around the country.
Half a century on, these MKIII Fords are now often overlooked, yet they make more sense as a classic to covet than they ever did. They’re spacious, comfortable, good to drive, and easy to maintain.