Ford Classic


Ford Classic

Infobox Automobile
name = Ford Consul Classic


manufacturer = Ford of Britain
production = 1961–1963
111,225 made.
predecessor = Ford Consul
successor = Ford Corsair
body_style = 4-door saloon and 2-door saloon
height =
weight = 2070 pounds (940 kg)
engine = 1.3 or 1.5 L Straight-4
width = Auto in|65|0
wheelbase = Auto in|99|0
length = Auto in|170.75|0

The Ford Consul Classic or 'Consul 315' (as the export version was known) was a mid-sized car built by Ford in the UK from 1961 to 1963. It had the Ford code of 109E or 116E depending on engine size.

It was similar in appearance to the more popular Ford Anglia, featuring the same distinctive reverse-rake rear window, but with twin headlamps and different frontal treatment. The Consul Classic was also mechanically similar to the Anglia, and used slightly larger 1340 cc and 1498 cc variants of the Ford Kent Engine. The car had front disc brakes and was fitted with a four speed gearbox with synchromesh on all gears on the 1500 version. Suspension was independent at the front using Macpherson strut units and at the rear the live axle used semi elliptic leaf springs.

Based on the Classic, and sharing its 99 inch wheelbase, was a coupé version - the Consul Capri (335).

The Consul Classic was replaced in 1963 by the Ford Corsair. 111,225 Classics and 18,716 Capris were produced (Including 2002 'GT' Versions).

In addition seventeen station wagon (estate) conversions were carried out by Ford Dealership 'Hughes Limited' of Nairobi, Kenya. One of these vehicles made it over to the UK in 1964 and survives to this day in the South-East of England.

External links

* [http://y2u.co.uk/&002_Images/Ford_Classic_01.htm Photos of a 1962 Ford 'Classic']
* [http://www.mcs.vuw.ac.nz/~kris/consul/index.shtml New Zealand Ford Classic club]


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