Ford Zephyr Estate Car

 

Ford never actually made an estate version of the MkII Zephyr - the model is of a Farnham conversion - nice though. It's such a great looking car. I was reading it up on Wikipedia for this article when I spotted: "....and the fuel consumption was also improved at 28 mpg" This was compared to the MkI Zephyr, both 6 cylinder Fords. In recent years I have owned a couple of V6 Mondeo estates - the eventual successor I suppose of the car below, and try as I might I never got better than 23mpg, not much evidence of progress then over 50 years at Ford!

419 Motorway Police Patrol

If you are my age you cannot see the head-on view of this car without hearing Johnny Todd played on penny whistles and see the faces of Fancy Smith & Jock Weir peering through a rain spattered windscreen on a wet night in Newtown - Z Cars I'm talking about. The Police series set in a version of Kirkby just outside Liverpool in the early Sixties and the cars they drove were Ford Zephyrs. Not estates though and to me that mattered, the Corgis were not real Z cars as a result. As far as I remember they got reissued with MkIII Zephyrs after the first series (And you can get that one as a Corgi Classic - Z Cars)

The Corgi Motorway Police Patrol was produced from 1960 to 1965, It was clever and typical of Corgi to pick up on the opening up of the new Motorway networks at this time and to reflect it in their offering. The variations are few, the beacon can be large or small and wheels can be turned or spun which does not affect value, there are though some Dutch export versions with 'Politie' or 'Rijks Polite' decals, these are about double the value of the UK issues.

424 Two-Tone Blue

Last year's Z Cars motorway patrol vehicle is given a civilian spin and released in a smart two-tone blue. The moulding in the rear load bed is changed from recovery equipment to luggage, in these re-shot pictures I think I've got some of the detail of the luggage. Fine car though and one that was never available off the shelf from Ford. The conversion from saloon to estate was done by a coachbuilding company - Abbott Farnham.

The Corgi was released in February 1961 and remained in production until 1965. It is always two-tone blue and there are no listed variations

     
Corgi Toys 419; Ford Zephyr Estate Car; Motorway Police Patrol; White; Large Beacon Corgi Toys 419; Ford Zephyr Estate Car; Motorway Police Patrol; White; Small Beacon Corgi Toys 424; Ford Zephyr Estate Car; Two-Tone Blue
Corgi Toys 419; Ford Zephyr Estate Car; Motorway Police Patrol; White; Large Beacon Corgi Toys 419; Ford Zephyr Estate Car; Motorway Police Patrol; White; Small Beacon Corgi Toys 424; Ford Zephyr Estate Car; Two-Tone Blue

 


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