As well as being the car from the Sweeney, the Consul is where Ford UK’s gradual loss of independence began.
The nameplate came from an earlier line of British Fords, indicating a lower level of accoutrification. It also masked the German Ford input to the line of cars better known as Granadas. Gradually Ford UK built fewer models: the Granada was followed by the Cortina, Escort and Fiesta. Now the Mondeo is a US-EU effort. It kicked off here.
Here is the badge:
The rear looks good from the side; in three-quarter view the materials are at odds with the sculpting:
And here’s the front. The lighting angle didn’t help:
The ashtray is fabulous with really smooth action after forty-odd years. As Myles Gorfe would say “that’s the Ford touch”.