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Z-7 Sport Coupe
 
Little changed for the Mercury Zephyr's appearance for 1979, the second year for the model. Mechanically, However, several significant changes were made. The four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive was now standard for the 200 cubic-inch V6 engines and the 302 V8 engines. The 302 V8 fitted with the SelectShift was given a new rear axle ratio, now at 2.26:1.

The list of options expanded to include speed control, performance instruments, electric trunk lid release, and title steering.

The Zephyr was available with a four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engine. The base engine produced 88 horsepower and had 118 foot-pounds of torque. Moving up from there was a six-cylinder unit that offered 85 horsepower and 154 ft-lbs of torque. A V8 engine was also available, boosting horsepower to 140.

The Zephyr was available in two- and four-door bodystyles, including sedan, station wagon, and the Z-7 Sport Coupe. The Station Wagon bodystyle was the most expensive, selling for just over $4300. Next was the Z-7 Sport Coupe which was $4120. The Two-Door Sedan was the least expensive, selling for $3870. The Z-7 Sport Coupe proved to be the most popular, with 42,923 examples produced. 24,218 examples of the station wagon were produced for this year.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008
The Mercury Zephyr was produced from 1978 through 1983. This name had a history with the Ford Motor Company, as it had been used on the luxurious and elegant Lincoln's of the pre-War era. In 2006, the name re-appeared on the Lincolns.

The Mercury Zephyr was similar to the Fairmont vehicle of the day. It was available with a four, six, or eight-cylinder engine and could be purchased in coupe, sedan, or station wagon body styles. A limited production, 2-door version of the Zephyr dubbed the Z-7, was also part of the lineup. The Z-7 2-door coupe had a wrap over roof design and wraparound taillights. The most common engine found in the Z-7 was either the six or eight cylinder engines, though a few were fitted with the four-cylinder units. Most of the Z-7 vehicles had a two-tone paint job.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008
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The Champion in Touring Car Racing : The BMW M3
In August 1985, a rumour surfaced in motor magazine Auto-Deutschland which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use. Speculation about this dream car that could take to normal roads and was intended for the 'Most dynamic among BMW 3 Series drivers' was right on target. But the pundits missed the mark about the motor-sport car by a mile...[Read more...]
Auctions America By RM's 2012 Auburn Spring Auction
'Variety' is the buzzword for this year's Auctions America by RM June 1-3 Auburn Spring auction, which will offer a huge range of collector vehicles and an enormous private collection of automotive memorabilia. More than 600 American muscle cars, Classics, foreign sports cars and hot rods will cross the block at the historic Auburn Auction Park, the company's national headquarters in Auburn, Indiana. 'Last year was our first spring event at the park,' said Auctions America by RM's President ...[Read more...]


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