Re-issued for 2015, Ford Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac tells the complete story of a vitally important range of Ford family cars.
From 1950, when the first of these entirely new cars was introduced, and for more than twenty years after that, the range set engineering, styling and marketing standards that Ford's rivals always struggled to match. This detailed narrative covers the complete history of these versatile machines, and of the first Granadas which took over in 1971. Not only is this the technical story of these cars, but also that of the people and the world events that effected their careers.
Topics covered include: Full history of all Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac models; Details of the cars' motorsport careers; Rarely seen details of engineering innovations; Special feature panels on key personalities; Ford facilities and technical innovations; Full specifications for each model
After a varied career in the automotive industry, Graham Robson has gained a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has more than 160 books to his credit. Born in 1936, and educated at Ermysteds Grammar School in Yorkshire, Graham then went on to study Engineering at Oxford University. He joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, becoming involved in design work on the Mk II, E-Type and Mark X. Beginning as a hobby, he became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam 'works' team in 1961, and took part in rallies up to International level (once with Roger Clark), but stopped rallying by 1968. During this time, he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry, in 1961, as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He then ran the re-opened 'works' motorsport department from 1962 to 1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. Graham Robson’s writing began with rally reports for magazines which evolved into a job with Autocar from 1965 to 1969. He was recruited back to industry at Rootes to run the Product Proving department, then after a brief period in 1972 as technical director of a safety belt company, became an independent motoring writer. Graham has lived 'by the pen' and 'by the voice', not only writing but commentating, presenting and organising events of all types.