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Ford Consul Classic
Ford Consul Classic 2 door
Automotive industryFord of Britain
Production1961–1963
111,225 made.[1]
PredecessorFord Consul
SuccessorFord Corsair
Car body style4-door and 2-door Sedan (car)
Internal combustion engine1.3 or 1.5 L Straight-4
Wheelbase99 in (2515 mm) [2]
Length170.75 in (4337 mm)[2]
Width65 in (1651 mm) [2]
Height56 in (1422 mm) [2]
Curb weight2070 pounds (940 kg)

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. Available with two or four doors, the Classic had the Ford code of 109E or 116E depending on engine size.

Contents

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. Inside the separate front seats and rear bench had a standard covering of PVC but leather was available as an option. There was a choice of floor or column mounted gear change. Single or two-tone paint schemes were offered.

The Consul Classic was also mechanically similar to the Anglia, and used slightly larger 1340 cc and from 1962 1498 cc variants of the Ford Kent Engine. The car had front 9.5 in (241 mm) 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.

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.

Consul Capri


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

Performance


A car tested by The Motor (magazine) magazine in 1961 had a top speed of 78.4 mph (126.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 22.5 seconds. A fuel consumption of Convert/foutmig (Convert/L/100 km mpgus) was recorded. The test car cost £801 including taxes. [2]

References


  1. Sedgwick, M.; Gillies.M (1986). A-Z of Cars 1945-1970. Devon, UK: Bay View Books. ISBN 1870979397. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "The Ford Consul Classic 315". The Motor (magazine). June 21, 1961. 

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