The Mk. I Ford Consul and Zephyr models were first displayed at the Earl's Court Motor Show in 1950. They were the first to use, in mass production, the MacPherson Strut independent front suspension, which is still widely used today. Production began with the Consul on 1st January 1951. The original model ran until 1956 when the Mk. II Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac went on sale and were known as the three graces. In 1956 the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac were all restyled to a new family look. The six-cylinder engines were enlarged to 2,553cc with power output correspondingly increased to 86bhp. The Mk. II range was a big seller and finished its run in April 1962.
This handsome Zodiac was first registered in December 1957 and has spent her most recent years in dry storage as part of a private collection. This column change model presents well in the colour combination of pale blue with grey interior. 874 BAE is a Ford from the heyday of the Rock and Roll era and is presented to auction with a V5C registration document and various bills and invoices for works completed. Classic Fords are currently enjoying a renewed popularity and this Zodiac represents an opportunity to enjoy a piece of British motoring history.