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Ford Zephyr: Middle Management Classic
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We spotted this amazingly clean Ford Zephyr this week.
The car is sat behind a high fence on the estate in East London where I grew up with my family in the late sixties. And this car, dating from a little earlier than the year of my birth, brought back strangely comforting memories.
The Zephyr looks striking enough from the perspective of 2016, if a little smaller than you remember these cars to be.
When the car rolled off the production line in Dagenham some time in the early to mid sixties, it must have looked like an emissary from another world.
This particular car is, I think, a Zephyr 6 Mark III (please correct us if we’re wrong). It would have come, in this case, with a 2.5 litre engine – and would have been a kind of up-market version of the Cortina or the Consul with which it shared many component parts.
All that chrome, and those fins set the car apart from the more restrained lines of the Cortina – and obvious Detroit-led styling cues meant that this car was aspirational and aimed and the burgeoning middle class, middle management of the era.
The spot got us looking for images of the Ford Zephyr in the round. And the more you assess those lines, curves and bevels, the more you admire whoever it was who dreamt up such an evolution of the everyman classic.
We’re fans of the Granada as well – the beefy seventies middle manager that replaced it –
but for period panache and a nostalgic ache of a British boom time, there’s little to match the Zephyr.
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