Zephyr Zodiac by Terry Ravenscroft
Ostensibly seven short stories about an iconic car. In fact it is a short social history of the last fifty years. The tales are populated with persons such as bullying poice chiefs, hapless undertakers trying to be gangsters and a lost retired guy whose work was the purpose of his life. Although the overall tone is comic, there is genuine pathos in the stories about a childless couple and a doting betrayed husband. The Mark 3 Zephyr Zodiac represented a belief in and aspiration for status and a life that could be “deluxe”, a symbol of where we were all going -to a guilt free modern land of consumption before we broke down somwhere along the way.