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1956 Ford Zephyr MkII [206E]

1956 Ford Zephyr MkII [206E] in Bilturist i Storbritannien, Short Movie, 1960

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1956 Ford Zephyr MkII [206E]

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Sunbar UK

2017-11-18 18:44

Looks more Zephyr than Zodiac to me?

However I can see no real detail here.

zodiac SE

2017-11-19 19:49

It's a Zephyr, no doubt. MY 1956-57.

Please compare:
- Early Zephyr https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ford_Zephyr_(1956)_-_9503294479.jpg (The grille consists of a stamped sheet metal which is painted in silver, and with a few bars of chrome to enhance it.)
- Early Zodiac https://www.flickr.com/photos/triggerscarstuff/15614369441/ (Roughly the same grille as the Zephyr, apart from that the top has a fluted 'crown', which is chromed. The Zodiac were almost always painted in two colours divided by the side strip.)

Sunbar UK

2017-11-20 19:27

Thanks Zodiac!

In the pictures linked

Zephyr - without hood ornament
Zodiac - hood ornament

Is that always true or just by chance here?

zodiac SE

2017-11-28 09:42


Sorry for not having had time to answer!

According to the spare part lists I have, the hood ornament was optional extra all the time. Spare part number E13-WG-2 (assy including nuts and washers), called BONNET ORNAMENT-ACCESSORY.

According to my point of view, there is too much attention to the hood ornament when considering what year a specific car might have been built. That is as plenty of hood ornaments were, and still is, available as after market accessory. One example is the one common in Cuba Link to "l7.alamy.com" , with variants Link to "c8.alamy.com" . For sure not original or MY specific.
A hood ornament can only be MY specific if it is present together with other changes.

-- Last edit: 2017-11-28 09:43:19

Sunbar UK

2017-11-28 12:41

No problem Zodiac, its good to know they were Ford-UK options. (I'm never sure anyway if a follow-up comment is always noticed).

It was only an observation and I like to see details of the vehicles that appear in older movies when the the model was current. I know that 'classic' and 'restored' vehicles often have features that deviate from new and confusion sets-in! However the Cuba vehicles, for other reasons, are rather extreme examples of this practice.

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