Ford Zo­diac MkI

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - James Sadlier

The orig­i­nal Zo­diac cap­tures the essence of British 1950s au­to­mo­tive glitz, look­ing for­ward to an op­ti­mistic fu­ture rather than re­call­ing past aus­ter­ity. Two-tone paint, white­walls, gold-plat­ing, lash­ings of chrome, even flam­boy­ant red en­gine de­tail­ing... It re­ally looks a mil­lion dol­lars. Or £851 2s 6d, as old money would have it.

But it’s also a car that drove very well for its era. It’s a lazy six-cylin­der cruiser that han­dles more com­pe­tently than its con­tem­po­raries thanks to front MacPher­son struts. It has just as much sub­stance as style. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 2262cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 71bhp@4200rpm TORQUE 112lb ft@2000rpm TOP SPEED 81mph 0-60MPH 20.4sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, 4-spd man­ual

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