Heart­beat Ze­phyr for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin www.stan­drewsautos.co.uk

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.

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