Specific: Acquired in the late
1950´s and used for transportation of high ranking
Historical: From April 1956 the Mk II Consul,
Zephyr and Zodiac went on sale and were known as the
Three Graces. The Mk II range was a big seller and
finished its run in 1962 when from April that year the Mk
III Zephyr 4, Zephyr 6 and Zodiac went on sale; the Consul name
As with the Mk I cars the Zodiac was the luxury version
of the two with boasted leather upholstery, two tone
paint and gold plated badges among other things. The
engines came from the Mk I Zephyr & Zodiac but had an
increase in cubic capacity from 2262cc to 2553cc.
The Zodiac and Zephyr were also offered in two body
styles these being the "Highline" and
"Lowline". The two models shared various
differing components from thicker A, B and C pillars to
the shape of the instrument panel. The
"Highline" variant featured a hemispherical
cluster, whereas the "Lowline" had a more
Apart from the saloon model the Zephyr & Zodiac Mk II
was also available as a convertible, or as an estate. The
estates were actually saloons that had been converted by
Abbott of Farnham.
There were styling changes in 1959 which included a lower
roof line, larger glass area and a new dashboard layout.
Front disc brakes and servo assistance became an option
in 1960 and were made standard equipment in 1961.
Production of the Mk 2 Zephyr & Zodiac ended in 1962
with the introduction of the Mark III.
A convertible version
was offered and a pick-up was sold on the Australian
market. Owing to the structural weaknesses inherent in
the construction of convertibles very few convertibles
are known to survive.
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, 2.553 cm3 (156 cubic inches).
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: N/A.
Additional: Overdrive or automatic
gearbox (Borg Warner) were optional.