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