Ford Fairlane ZD
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3
There were minor styling changes to the ZD, the last of
the original body shape before the release of the ZF Fairlane in March, 1972.
The Ford stylists gave the ZD a much bolder grille treatment, it being
styled on the then successful US Ford Lincoln.
The tail lamps were also revised, and now featured a horizontal seperator.
This blended well with full width garnish attached to the rear boot-lid,
helping make the ZD look much wider than it actually was.
Inside, the ZD Fairlane featured a wide instrument cluster
and retained the strip style instruments of the ZC. Underneath
the instruments Ford applied a "woodgrain look" panel,
which housed further switch gear and the radio.
Best of all, the ZD carried over the ZC's vertically
stacked headlights, and by lowering the side body protection
strip slightly, the ZD looked lower and sleeker than any of its predecessors.
The hubcaps were also changed, Ford opting for a more
simple design to give the Fairlane a more up-market feel.
While the ZD had not altered much in style, it retained
its grip on the market place, despite the appearance of
locally produced rivals.
The ZD was manufactured between November 1970 and March