Heartbeat Zephyr for sale
A Ford Zephyr MkI with two claims to historic fame is for sale at an Essex dealership, priced at £18,950.
The 1954 car was piloted by Liberal peer Sir David Steel and David Hall in the 1991 Monte Carlo Challenge, finishing 55th overall and first in class.
The saloon had remained with the family of its original owner, Lieutenant Colonel Jeph Simpson Magrath until 1983, eventually passing to the Worthing Carriage Company and being adapted for rally use. The Zephyr, which has just 76,000 miles on the clock, later starred in Yorkshire Television’s Heartbeat series.
Andrew Hebron at Chelmsfordbased St Andrews Autos says: ‘This Zephyr is in excellent condition throughout and we’re honoured to be selling a car with such a history.’
The monocoque MkI Zephyr and its Consul and Zodiac sister cars were a massive step forward when introduced by Ford in 1951. The six-cylinder Zephyr could easily reach 80mph. Almost 150,000 were produced before production ceased in 1956.
This Zephyr competed in a Monte Carlo rally and appeared in TV’s Heartbeat.