1956 Ford Zephyr Rally Car Registration no. 628 HVX Chassis no. 34799
This cars rallying career is quite well documented, both in Michael Allens book Consul, Zephyr, Zodiac The Big Fifties Fords and also in the Boreham Book which was published last year. Prepared by Lincoln Cars, 628 HVX was a class winner in the over 2,000cc GT category in the 1958 RAC Rally driven by Dennis Scott and Ken Armstrong, which was the highlight of many other successful outings during 1957/58. It remains to be discovered what other international events the car participated in, though one clue is the presence of a 9th Tulip Rally sticker (from 1957) on the offside rear quarter-light Instead of being cut-up, as was Fords policy in the 1950s, it was then sold to Sam Rees, Director of Ford Engineering and prepared as a circuit racer in Fords Experimental Department, which involved fitting Dunlop disc brakes all round, adjustable rear shock absorbers and heavy duty front struts. The engine was upgraded with triple SU carburettors and a six-branch exhaust manifold leading into a side-exit pipe. Road registered, the car was driven to race meetings, sprints and hill climbs, etc. Its driver at this time was Malcolm Kingham, who once led one of Brands Hatchs most memorable saloon car races, run as part of the BRSCCs meeting on 4th October 1959, ahead of a field that included Graham Hill, Les Leston, Bill Blydenstein and John Willment, before spinning the Zephyr at Bottom Bend. We are advised Mr Kingham is willing to help the purchaser should they require further information. 628 HVX has always been fitted with a three-speed gearbox, with maximum speeds of 43mph in first, 93mph in second and 127mph in top. It is reputed that Ford over-bored the engine for rallying to a capacity of 2,648cc, though this has not been confirmed. The car is fitted with Perspex rear door windows and the dashboard is just as it was when rallied, while there are a number of other special (possibly works) features, including adjustable Armstrong lever dampers. 628 HVX raced at Mallory Park, Snetterton, Aintree and Brands Hatch. As it was highly modified, it was always entered in the GT or sports car class against the Jaguars, beating the latter on its last race outing! The current vendor purchased the car 1983, at which time it was MoTd, and drove it back to his home where it has remained unused in dry storage ever since. A quantity of spares comes with the car to include a new rear wing assembly, door, standard carburettors, rally spotlights and disc calipers seals, plus genuine Ford workshop/parts manuals and Swansea V5. A summary of race results, an Aintree race programme, assorted press cuttings and a quantity period photographs is included also, together with a copy of the Shell Oils film about the Coupes Des Alpes.