Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Police Zephyr 6

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

There are always period police cars at the Goodwood Revival, and arguably the coolest of the lot is the Ford Zephyr 6. This year forming part of the Great Train Robbery scene, the third-generation 213E Z-car is resplendent in faux-American fins and dripping in chrome, the plush accoutrements forming a nice contrast to the same-as-your-fridge paint. It might almost pass into the realm of the unmarked patrol car, were it not for the rather obvious blue light on the roof and the 'POLICE' plate proudly bolted to the nose. And the closer you look, the more you find period-perfect rozzer fare, from the shiny Winkworth bell and Tannoy loud-hailer mounted on the front bumper to the serious-looking police radio within.
It's the ideal squad car, when you think about it: that eager 2,553cc straight-six will make short work of escaping crims' attempts to flee, while there's ample room for collared miscreants on the back seat, and all the riot gear can fit in the boot. Plus it looks super-cool, so the bobby at the wheel will swell with pride as he patrols the streets. Marvellous.

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