Lot 244 - 1968 Ford Cortina Mk.II 1600E

Lot 244 - 1968 Ford Cortina Mk.II 1600E

Lot 244 - 1968 Ford Cortina Mk.II 1600E

Lot Number 244
Registration HBL922G
Chassis Number BA97GS23401
Engine Number BA97GS23401
Odometer reading 78,000 miles
Estimate £8,500 - £12,000

The second incarnation of the Cortina was designed by Roy Haynes, and was launched on 18th October 1966. One of the best loved versions of that Cortina appeared in 1967, the 1600E, which was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October of that year. The 1600E offered a blend of sporting style and luxury with a comprehensive specification. Standard equipment included sports suspension, Rostyle wheels, spot lamps, vinyl roof and metallic paint. The mechanical specification included an 88bhp, 1600cc Cortina GT engine which achieved a fuel consumption of 25 miles per gallon. The 1600E interior came equally well equipped and included special rear bucket seats, reclining front seats, sports steering wheel, extra instruments and a wood trim. Production ended in 1970 and, despite attempts at reviving the idea of an ""Executive"" version of other, later models, Ford never recaptured the original feel of the Cortina Mk II based 1600E. For 1969, the Mark II model was given subtle revisions, with separate 'FORD' block letters mounted on the bonnet and boot lids, a blacked out grille and chrome strips above and below the rear lights running the full width of the rear panel.

This lefthand drive Ford Cortina Mk.II 1600E was originally brought into the United Kingdom from Spain sometime in the 1980's when it was registered to a Mr Jesus Manuel Gonzales; it was then purchased by Mr Richard Coles who set about a complete nut and bolt restoration. During the strip down Mr Cole found the impression of a CH sticker under the Spanish E indicating that this car was supplied to Switzerland before ending up in Spain. During the restoration some panels were replaced including both front wings, both rear arches, the bonnet, front valance and one headlamp panel. The car was then repainted in Saluki Bronze and the light tan trim was cleaned and refitted apart from the carpets and headlining which were replaced with new. The chrome work was all replaced with 'new old stock' parts, the original engine was replaced with a fully rebuilt motor, and the gearbox and rear axle were stripped down and fully restored. All new front suspension was also fitted. The restoration took twelve months to complete and had its first showing at the 1990 1600E Owners Club National Rally. Mr Cole showed the car around the country until 2000/1 when he sold the car to a friend who then sold the car to someone in Ireland. The vendor purchased this Ford in Northern Ireland and drove the car back to Dorset and said of the journey that the car behaved impeccably from start to finish. This car has the original kilometre speedo which is showing 78,000km and as well as all the standard equipment fitted to the 1600E, this car has a chrome exhaust tailpipe, Motorola Radio and roof aerial. It also comes supplied with V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2013 and the old Northern Ireland MoT test certificates. This is a beautifully presented example of the highly desirable and rare 1600E and certainly should be of interest to anyone looking for a useable classic car to use in the UK or on the Continent.

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