Based on the original Prefect model introduced in 1938, the first post-war version of the car may have featured the same name but it came with handsome new styling and in a four-door saloon body. The E493A Prefect, to give it its Ford code name, had an 1172cc side-valve engine and three-speed manual transmission. During the five years it remained in production, over 190,000 examples of this very popular car would be made.
Only weeks after Ford had announced the all-new 997cc engine to power the Anglia 105E, engine tuners began preparing the overhead-valve engine for use in motor racing. Cosworth produced the first Formula Junior 105E engine in December 1959, which was raced at the Boxing Day Brands Hatch meeting that year. The engine would for many, many years become extremely successful in a number of motorsport arenas, including single seater and saloon car racing. Cosworth Racing, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford since 1998.
The first of the third generation Zephyr/Zodiac passenger cars was produced at Dagenham this month, a few weeks ahead of its public launch. Like its predecessors which had been on sale since 1951, the Zephyrs and Zodiacs were best-selling class leaders which featured in-line four (Zephyr 4) and six-cylinder (Zephyr 6 and Zodiac) engines and MacPherson strut independent front suspension. Front wheel disc brakes and an all-synchromesh four-speed transmission were standard. Prices started at £1,136.