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1965 Ford Zephyr 6 ex Police car SOLD
|Itís with regret that Iím selling my 1965 Zephyr 6 Mk3 Police car due to work commitments. I have owned this car for 12 months and have done lots of work and spent a considerable amount of money to gradually bring this vehicle back to life. Before I go into detail about whatís been done and what still left to do, I will give you some background on the cars history.|
Firstly and most importantly, this is a genuine ex Police car and not a replica. I have spent many hours on this car and as many hours researching the history, which isnít easy because merging forces in 1960ís destroyed most of the records. Anyway, Liverpool City Police purchased this car in December 1965 to replace another car, which was written off the same month. According to the DVLA, the car was registered 4 days earlier than it should have been because the car was needed by the force, therefore it was issued with a D plate instead of a C plate. Iím told that this was common with home office vehicles. The car then entered service as a special duties vehicle used for escort and VIP work. There is no doubt that this car is the real thing as it also has a number of features which are unique to Police cars of the era and not things which can be copied or swapped from other cars. The headlining is original and has 3 zips, which were standard fitment for access to beacons or light boxes, dependant on the forces requirement. There is also a hidden key operated isolator switch under the binnacle, again a Police fitment. The car also has twin air horns, central calibrated Speedo, beacon, close ratio 4 speed floor change gearbox, alternator, zodiac engine, twin exhausts, twin interior mirrors, no front arm rests, coat hooks or rear ashtray. Iím told the radio is also correct for that period.
After it left service a nunnery apparently bought the car and then at some point in its life it made its way into taxi service. In the 1980Ēs it was destined for the scrapyard, however a Zephyr enthusiast managed to buy the car and spent several years doing restoration. Then in 2005 he sold it to a TV vehicle supplier who owned the car until last year. The car has been used on many films and TV programmes, for example Heartbeat, the Royal, Place of Execution and many years on George Gently (see picture with Martin Shaw) The cars last appearance was in the new movie ďHarriganĒ which has just been released at the cinema.
So thatís the history and now onto the condition which I will describe as accurately and honestly as I can. Lots of works been done but more is needed, however Iíve taken care of the expensive stuff.
I have fitted to new steel front wings; steel front lower valence, front panel and 4 doors. These are all finished and the rear doors will be fitted during this week. The inner wings are fine, including the bulkheads; however there will be some minor welding required to finish off underneath but not extensive. The rear of the car has not been touched yet and will require welding to the boot floor, rear inner and outer arch panels, including the spare wheel panel. The roof, bonnet and boot lid are tidy but will need to be painted to look as good the doors and wings. The front and rear screens require new rubbers and then can be refitted. In my view, the rear of the car needs a few weekends worth of work to make good.
I have spent in excess of £1500 on the interior, having the seats re-trimmed, dash top recovered, new carpets, paintwork and sourcing the correct police radio etc. Purists will notice that the door cards are the early type but I prefer these to the later ones. The headlining is nice and the rest of the interior very smart so no further work required in this department.
As you would expect, the engine is not the original one as that would have been replaced years ago. The previous owner spent a lot of money on the mechanical side, replacing and rebuilding many of the major components. The gearbox is the original and differs from the other floor change units by having a very short gate and more like a sports car box. Iím told these boxes were made especially for the police and designed for quick gear change and higher torque. The car does run but Iíve not started it up for quite a while as Iíve removed the radiator and bought a better one. The brakes are fine but of course the car will need a good service before being used. The car sits higher at the back due to having heavy-duty springs, which again are indicative of police cars. The exhaust is stainless steel and petrol tank was renewed a number of years ago. All the police wiring is in perfect condition but will require some checking over before refitting the dash top as Iíve corrected the switches and fitted the map light.
This is a fantastic piece of history and genuine Zephyr police cars hardly ever come up for sale. In fact, replicas have changed hands for over £7000. Iím gutted that this car has to go but a major work project will preclude me from being able to dedicate any more time on this old girl. Please donít expect to drive it away or have it on the road in 24 hours, however if you want something which very very rare, different and a classic car which can only go up and up in value, then this is for you. Remember though, you have to cover up the signs and lights before you can drive on the road. Once completed you will also get regular income from TV use.
I will be very sad to see it go so please no timewasters and my price is set at what I feel is the fair price for such a special car. There are also several boxes of spares and I also have a genuine Liverpool city police cap, which will be included
Please note - This is my own personal vehicle and not one of my sales cars.