1917 FZ - mot a date, but the registration number of our Ford Zodiac Mk iii, which was our family car from the mid '60s until the mid '70s. It was silver grey and was a big car - it could easily take 6 or even 7 people, with 3 on the full width bench front seat. The inside was finished in red leatherette, I remember.
I'd forgotten a lot of the details until I saw this print:
Check out the size of the steering wheel - huge by today's standards. The chromed inner wheel was of course the horn. The speedo was a red ribbon affair which expanded and contracted just under the numbers in the centre of the dash as appropriate. Thinking about it now it was pretty good at giving the driver feedback, in fact probably better than the needle-types most cars use nowadays. The large lever on the left of the column was the gear stick, on the right was the indicator stalk. The parking brake lever pulled out from the dashboard - you can see it towards the bottom left of the print, bisected by the horn.
My dad ran the car for years and years - it was sometime in our teens when eventually it was replaced and I remember dad selling it for £20. It had taken us all (grandparents included) the length and breadth of Ireland more than once and even to France and Switzerland without a hiccup in 1972. It didn't owe us anything. Us teenage lads were sad to see it go - had it just been parked up and left to rot it was the sort of car we could have honed our mechanic-ing skills on in a few years time. Perhaps that's what dad was afraid of...