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Cs Zephyr Nogrille
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Are you familiar with Ford of Britain’s Mk. IV Zephyr, the car in this brochure that the guy kind of looks like he’s pushing? They’re interesting! Built from 1966 to 1972, what I find most exciting about them is that they’re one of the few front-engined cars of their era that doesn’t have a huge front radiator grille. It’s a great, clean, grille-free look. So few cars had the ‘nads to go grille-free, so I’m going to showcase some of the ones that did every now and then. It’ll be good for us all, I promise.

The Mk IV Zephyr is also interesting because it shares some notable traits with an old British car I used to own: the Reliant Scimitar GTE. Like the Scimitar, the Zephyr used an Essex V6 engine (a Ford of Germany Taunus V4 was available, too) and like the Scimitar, the spare tire was shoved in front of the engine, freeing up room in the trunk.

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Damn, I love this clean, crisp front end! The air intake is below the bumper there, also like a Scimitar, and on higher trim models, Ford lost their bravery and stuck on a silly fake grille between the headlights. That’s a shame, I think, because there’s no shame in a grille-free face.

One more interesting Mk4 Zephyr detail:

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What the hell is this icon on the dash? It looks kinda like a sci-fi ray gun. Did these cars come equipped with death rays? Is that legal? Also, is that second icon from the left a layer cake?

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Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago

It can’t be a ray gun.
It’s a pre raygun era car.

05LGT
05LGT
1 year ago

Rear defrost? In the 60’s on this? dubious.
Washer would likely be a rubber foot bulb.
This didn’t answer it, but I have to share the official Ford “Explosive Gas” icon
https://www.fordfranklin.com/blogs/2870/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/light-table.png

05LGT
05LGT
1 year ago
Reply to  05LGT

I found a Shutterstock image from a 67 mk 4 with the 2 between parking lights and wiper labeled with text, PASS & FOG.
Can buy on eBay… https://www.ebay.com/itm/322149423763
Still don’t know what the Ghostbusters capture switch does. Last one high beam?

05LGT
05LGT
1 year ago
Reply to  05LGT

Y’all are right. Electric window washers
Standard equipment across the range included an adjustable steering column, that spare wheel in the engine compartment, a heater and Aeroflow ventilation. On the plusher Zodiac, you also got electric window washers, two-speed wipers, a cigar lighter, rev counter, clock, ammeter, and reversing lights as standard

Mr. Frick
Mr. Frick
1 year ago

Yes, more of this please. Do rear engine cars count? I like Corvairs, Beetles, X19’s and older 911’s if rear engine cars count. Also C2 & C3 Vettes almost don’t have a grill. My 66 A100 doesn’t either.

Also, leave out any of the current EV’s. Seems like current designers haven’t figured out what to do yet. Especially TESLa.

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
1 year ago

He seems to be pushing all right. Didn’t the court issue a restraining order after the last time?

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago

Barney, the man in the purple jacket/shoes with white turtleneck, just slammed his hand in the trunk (er…Boot) again and is yelling expletives…again.

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1 year ago

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Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 year ago

He’s pushing it out of the ditch it’s just understeered into. Seriously, these tubs were complete boats. The Mk1 Granada that replaced it was so much better.

Martin English
Martin English
1 year ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

The understeer was worse if you ripped out the V6 and replaced it with a V8.

Quite easy, apparently, lots of room once you relocated the spare tyre.

Gilbert Wham
Gilbert Wham
1 year ago

Didn’t these originally have a straight six?

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago

Fools. That painted metal front end would probably be subject to more damage from flying stones.
This is a car for people who like milk bottles and burlap.

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 year ago

excellent call back!

Lokki
Lokki
1 year ago

Hmmm – recalling that this is a British car of the 1960’s I am figuring that the ‘raygun’ symbol is for invoking a major electrical problem in case the car fails to do so automatically, as designed.

“Lucas, I am your failure”

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
1 year ago
Reply to  Lokki

How long have you been waiting to use that?
Eh, no matter; well done, sir

Mike James
Mike James
1 year ago
Reply to  Lokki

Come over to the dim, flickering side.

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
1 year ago

Not a well designed symbol by any means but surely it’s the washer switch right?

Park Lights – Defrost – High Beam – Wipers – Washer – Fog Lights

BloggyMcBlogBlog
BloggyMcBlogBlog
1 year ago

That’s one happy car!

Strangek
Strangek
1 year ago

The only icon I’m fairly confident in is what I believe to be the wipers. The rest I would figure out by pressing buttons while traveling at a high rate of speed and hoping for the best. Also, no external mirrors on the brochure but at least one extra one in the photograph? Interesting.

JDE
JDE
1 year ago

what’s with all the mirrors? also that “raygun” icon has to be the Bond Oil Slick button

DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
1 year ago

That guy is creepily, way too happy to be behind the vehicle. Maybe it correlates to that ray gun button icon….

Nlpnt
Nlpnt
1 year ago

I was thinking dead fish, myself.

M0L0TOV
M0L0TOV
1 year ago

Maybe it’s Ray Wert’s father?

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago

It almost looks like a fart symbol.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Parsko

That’s what leads me to believe it is the windshield sprayer–the cloud is liquid, rather than gas.

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

I’m baffled myself, notice how the lines roll back on itself? Like a smoke screen? Obvious answer is NOT obvious here.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago

Is the cake the defroster and the ray gun the window sprayer? Those are my actual guesses.

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
1 year ago

I would definitely abuse a Ray Gun in traffic.

The oven is their answer to the hot dog cooker. How else can you can have tea and biscuits while on the road?

Ncbrit
Ncbrit
1 year ago

I vaguely remember. My dad had one.

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago
Reply to  Ncbrit

remember……..????????

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 year ago
Reply to  Parsko

It’s killing me not knowing what ncbrit remembers!

Ncbrit
Ncbrit
1 year ago
Reply to  MATTinMKE

Lol. That the car existed and what it was like.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago

From left: Parking Lights, Convection Oven (not JUST for layer cakes, but mostly), Deflector Shields, Signal Flag, Electro Gun (early directed EMP device), Parking Light Launcher (the parking lights could be deployed ahead of the vehicle to provide better guidance and limited forward sensors).

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Unfortunately, at the time, the return guidance systems on the parking lights were kind of terrible, so you wanted a lot of spares. You were as likely to run one over as successfully return it to the port.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

I really want that second-from-the-left one to be the rear window defroster. B/c I voted this for this design in the discussion a few weeks back on what the symbol should rationally look like.

But it’s probably actually tea cake warmer or something. Damn.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I think that it is actually the defroster. And the ray gun is the window sprayer, I think.

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