Hot on the heels of the Austin Princess Vanden Plas comes another new baby - this time a beautiful 1956 Ford Zephyr 6 with fabulous two-tone paint. Having completed collection of the car, Ian was delighted to receive the following email message from the previous owner's son in Australia:
I am Marc Fleming and I truly wish to thank you for providing my father's MK1 Zephyr with a home amongst the amazing collection you currently have . As I have never had the opportunity to see the car that my father owned (Bruce Fleming ) the last one I remember as a child was his MK2 ute he used for work. Dad had Zephyrs when he was 17, a MK1 convertible fox tales and all and a MK1 Zephyr 6 .
Once again thank you for keeping the car safe and my father's joy and memory alive . We will sure visit when we return to NZ .
Thank you Marc. Your fathers car is a beautiful example of the Zephyr and a printout of your touching message to Ian is now displayed proudly on the car for our visitors to enjoy.
Our collection means so much more when we know something of the people who owned them and we very much look forward to welcoming you to the museum in the near future.
Vauxhall, one of the most long-standing and successful motor companies in Britain, makes up the foundation of the nation's unique motoring heritage. We look at a plethora of Vauxhall's most celebrated models, ranging from military transport and sports cars, to family and commercial vehicles. These include the Velox, 1948 J type, Vauxhall 10, white VX490 & red 1924 Vauxhall 30/98.
Made in 1957, this Ford film was made in a newsreel style to announce the launch of the new Consul, Zephyr and Zodiacs. It reports on the motor show staged by Ford at The Haringey Arena, and its VIP guests.
It's tempting to think of automatic transmission as a modern invention, but it isn't. This film, made by renowned film-maker Bill Mason, was commissioned by Ford 50 years ago to promote the auto option they were offering on the Zephyr and Zodiac range of cars. It gives a simple explanation of how the auto-box works, and then gives a tutorial on how to use it, finishing by asking "Who on earth wanted a third pedal anyway?"
The Studebaker owners Club of NZ visited the museum on a lovely day in early November. It was great to see these beauties shining in the Hawkes Bay sun.