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1979 Mercury Zephyr news, pictures, specifications, and information
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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One of Italy's most famous marks, and perhaps most troubled, the trident-bearing automaker continues to provoke passion through its search of excellence. Five brothers would come together in December of 1914 to found a motor company bearing their name—Maserati. Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto had all demonstrated a passion for automobiles, particularly racing, during those early years at the turn of the 20th century. The foundations of the company would actually begin ...[Read more...]
Auctions America Continues Successful 2013 Season with its Annual Fall Carlisle Sale
• Auctions America rounds out its 2013 auction season in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 3-4 • Two-day Fall Carlisle sale, held in conjunction with the Carlisle Events Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral, features a diverse roster of 300 classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, and customs • Auction highlights include a desirable 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 RS Sport Coupe, and a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster • Full event details and a frequentl...[Read more...]
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013: auction of Mercedes-Benz W 196 R one of highlights at world's 'largest motorised garden party'
• Mercedes-Benz Classic presents great moments in motor-racing history at Goodwood • Motorsport festival celebrating its 20th anniversary • Auction of only privately owned post-war Silver Arrow by Bonhams sure to cause a stir Stuttgart – This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, includes the auction of a Mercedes-Benz Type W 196 R Grand Prix racing car on 12 July 2013. The auction will be one of the highlights of a weekend dedicated to motor sport. Mercedes-Benz...[Read more...]
Barrett-Jackson Flavors Its January Scottsdale Auction With NASCAR Treats
• RACING HERITAGE, HIGH PERFORMANCE ARE RECIPES FOR CAR-COLLECTING FEAST
• SPEED™ SET FOR 39 HOURS of LIVE COVERAGE STARTING JAN. 15
The great Henry Ford once said, 'Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built.' And for more than 60 years, there are few entities that better represent auto racing in America than NASCAR. From the hallowed grounds of Daytona International Speedway, to Sonoma, California's intricate and picturesque road course, the sp...[Read more...]
TOPLINE COLLECTORS PLACE SPOTLIGHT on SPEED'S BARRETT-JACKSON BROADCAST FROM SCOTTSDALE
• TOPLINE COLLECTORS PLACE SPOTLIGHT on SPEED'S BARRETT-JACKSON BROADCAST FROM SCOTTSDALE
• 'LOST' SHELBY DUAL PROTOTYPE, HAGERTY GIVEAWAY & SALON COLLECTION HIGHLIGHT 39 HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE
The 42nd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Ariz.) Collector Car Event, the first of four set for live coverage in 2013, kicks off the auction season in grand style as some of the world's most sought-after machines cross the block starting Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. SP...[Read more...]

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