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Ford Consul Convertible MkI

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The Consul was a revolutionary car for Ford when launched in 1951. Along with the related six-cylinder Zephyr it formed the so called Five Star range and was Ford’s first all new car for the UK market following the Second World War. It was the first UK Ford with unitary construction, overhead valve engine, hydraulic brakes, hydraulic clutch, 12 volt electrics and independent front suspension. Other ‘modern’ features included the body styling, bench front seat and column gear change.

The standard Consul was a four-door saloon but this was joined by the two-door convertible in 1953, with a body built by Carbodies of Coventry. An estate version by Abbott of Farnham was also available. The Consul proved popular, with 231,481 being built before the larger MkII Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac range was introduced in1956.

Year1955
CountryBritish
Capacity1,508cc
CylindersIn-line 4
ValvesOverhead
Output47hp @ 4,400rpm
Performance72mph, 0-60mph 28 seconds
Price new£809
ManufacturerFord Motor Co. Ltd
OwnerNational Motor Museum Trust

 

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