Dinky Toys 164/255; Ford Zodiac MkIV
This is a fantastic model from a time when Dinky were doing there best to come back at Corgi with something new and innovative. It ticks so many boxes too. Four doors that open, opening boot, opening bonnet, jewelled lights back and front, plated chrome, number plates, really the lot. However - the under-bonnet detail is rubbish, as is the interior. But having said that it is a very handsome item.
I know the MkIV Ford Zodiac, Zephyr, Executive or whatever it was variously called was a numb article and only really at home as a Police car or in black at the undertakers, but I always had a bit of a soft spot for it. This was the V6 3 litre version which had 136bhp so had a bit of umph, but the 2 litre, 88bhp car must have been a slow beast, however at the time it was big and flash and as ever with Ford in the sixties had a bit of style and kitsch while BMC was giving us the 1800 land crab and Vauxhall had the Cresta and Viscount on a similar scale to the Fords, but only the big Fords really cut it.
The Dinky civilian version was made from1966 to 1971 in silver, light metallic blue and metallic copper, some lighter, some darker. The police car was made from 1967 to 1971.