Historical: Ford replaced the Mk II Consul in
1962 with a new model, the Zephyr 4 Mk III. The smallest
of the "Big Ford" range had always used a four
cylinder engine and had previously used the Consul label,
however Ford wanted to move the cars more upmarket and
believed the Zephyr name would lend more prestige to the
four cylinder car.
The Mk III range featured a new bodystyle which had
striking fins and a much lower profile than the older Mk
II cars. The Zephyr 4 had the simplest grille in the new
range with single 7" headlamps, the Zephyr 6 looked
similar but had a more ornate grille. The Zephyr 4 came
better equipped than before, a heater was standard and
there were large front and rear bench seats.
Overdrive and automatic transmission were optional,
standard cars used a four speed 'box with a column
change. The engine used for the Zephyr 4 carried over
from the Mk II Consul and was still capable of providing
The Zephyr 6 used the six cylinder engine used in the Mk
II cars. Although the engines remained unchanged the
Zephyr 6 did now come with front disc brakes
Length: 4.57 m (178 inches).
Width: 1.76 m (68 inches).
Height: 1.41 m (55 inches).
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, 2.553 cm3 (156 cubic inches).
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 12 volt.
Tyres: 6.40 - 13.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 55 liter (12 gallons).