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1970 Ford Zodiac Mk4 E D Abbott ‘Farnham’ Estate - barn find SOLD

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  • £4,500 As stated
  • 1970
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Price £4,500 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Ford
Model Zodiac
Year 1970
Mileage 80,000 miles
Country UK
Region Essex
Telephone 01371 395929
Status Trade
Date 23-Feb-2020
Ref C1205342
Welcome to the sale of this ultra rare Ford Zodiac Mk4 E D Abbott ‘Farnham’ Estate.

There were less than 2000 of these coach built for Ford back in the late 60s to early 70s making them rare then and even rarer today. The cost of a new Zodiac was around £1200 and to have it in an estate model was an additional £400. This model is powered by the renoun Essex V6 and mated to a manual box has lots of potential. It also is true that at any classic car show it is unlikely you will find another one unlike many of the other Fords around….

This car has been with the last owner since 1978 and only has 2 previous owners to this. It was last taxed in 1991 and has been dry stored since. The mileage of 89000 is believed correct.

The interior is in good order – individual seats up front and lots and lots of room throughout – indeed this was the biggest UK Ford made so check your garage size! As with the ‘Executive’ top of the range this model has an alternator rather than a dynamo, power steering and a full sunroof. Indeed it would be have the very best Ford car available in 1970. The 8 track is still in place the dashboard has very little wear and tear. We have only given it a wipe over and it is all present and correct.

As the pics show, it has been well stored but does need some love to get her up and running and back in action. We are tempted to take this on and if there is no interest we will do and then advertise at an adjusted price. Upon close inepction today we can report that this car is remarkable solid. Clearly the rear wings will need replacing (we have found new pressed steel parts for around £200 each online) and there may be some work to the sills needed a the ends. Having said that, the a pillars, inner wings, floors, doors including the bottoms of them, under the bonnet, in the battery tray, in the boot floor etc etc all seem really good therefore we do not think this is a rust bucket beyond saving. You are of course welcome to come and have a good look over her at your leisure.

The Ford Essex V6 appears all complete and there is a spare full exhaust and some other smaller bits with the car. We have not attempted to start it. Under the bonnet as mentioned is very honest and clearly the storage has kept the car just dry enough that not everything has dried up completely. The gear selector moves and the car rolls freely, so we suspect the brakes are not seized.

What this car has going for it above all is originality. There really cant be many low production number Fords out there any more with the current trend for Classic Fords and this is one of the rarest produced. Even in the 60s it was rare – it cost as much as a Jaguar!

With some restoration work this would be an amazing car that would steal the show wherever it went.
Any viewing and inspection is welcome – we have nothing to hide. If you come and look and its not for you then that is fine.

There are limited resources around these cars online as they are so rare however this is worth a read if you have never seen one before:

You couldn’t accuse Ford of not developing the Zephyr and Zodiac, then. And it was the same with the model range, as well as the engineering that underpinned them. Just months after the launch of the saloons, Ford unveiled the five-door estate version at the 1966 London Motor Show. As before, the shooting brake was actually converted by coachbuilders ED Abbott, and created by adding bespoke panels to partially finished cars supplied by Ford at its facility in Farnham.

At the top of the range, the Executive was added as a trim level above the Zodiac – as was the case with the Cortina (1600E) and Corsair (2000E). Like the standard Zodiac, the Executive featured stylish quad headlights, but in addition to this, it also boasted optional automatic transmission (or overdrive manual), power steering, sunroof, reclining front seats, walnut fascia, full instrumentation, carpeting throughout, reversing lights, fog lamps, and a boost in power to 136bhp – and all at a Jaguar XJ6-rivalling price of around £1600

All in a rare Ford that needs some love but will no doubt steal the show once it is up and running. Feel free to come and view at your leisure.

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