Lot 261 - 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. 1

Lot 261 - 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. 1

Lot 261 - 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. 1

Lot Number 261
Registration DAR 713B
Chassis Number 274D424232C
Engine Number BF67L
Odometer reading 3,169 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £40,000

In 1961 Colin Chapman was commissioned by Harry Mundy to design a twin cam version of the Ford Kent engine. The engine's first appearance was at the Nürburgring in a Lotus 23 driven by Jim Clark. Soon after, the engine appeared in the Lotus Elan. During the engine's development, Walter Hayes at Ford, asked Colin Chapman to fit the twin cam into 1,000 Ford saloons for Group 2 racing homologation. Chapman accepted the contract and the type 28, or Lotus Cortina as it became known, was born.  Whilst Ford supplied the two door body shells and took care of the marketing, Lotus engineered the mechanical and cosmetic changes which included the 1558cc engine along with the Élan's close-ratio gearbox, front quarter bumpers and Lotus badges. They also made changes to the interior with a new centre console to accommodate the revised gear lever position, different seats and a later styled dashboard that incorporated a tachometer, odometer, oil pressure, water temperature and fuel gauges. A wood rimmed steering wheel was the finishing touch.

We are delighted to offer today a Ford Lotus Cortina from 1964.  Built as a rally car with steel panels and non A-frame rear suspension, this Lotus Cortina is one for the serious rally driver and collector. The shell is fully strengthened, triangulated and skidded as per the 'Works' specification. The front and rear struts are braced and a full Safety Devices roll cage also maintains structural rigidity. The engine has an L2 thick wall block, lightened and balanced internals (+30 thou pistons, 10/10 crankshaft), Vulcan Engineering big valve head, ported and polished with 107 camshafts and vernier sprockets. An electric fuel pump delivers fuel from the boot mounted 13 gallon tank to the twin 4 Weber carburettors which have been re-choked and jetted. Exhaust extraction is via a Janspeed manifold and a big bore two box exhaust system while power is delivered through an AP racing competition clutch to a Trans X straight cut bullet gearbox to a 4.9 ratio steel limited slip differential. The handling is taken care of by the Leda large piston front struts that are adjustable for bump and rebound. The front springs are weighted to 175lb with competition top mountings while the rear is set up for tarmac rallying and fitted with five leaf rear springs, a Panhard rod linkage and re-valved Bilstein shock absorbers. The brakes are standard Lotus Cortina but have recently benefitted from new discs, callipers, brake cylinders, master cylinder and Aeroquip hoses. There are 115 front brake pads and VG95 rear shoes fitted. Inside are FIA wide bodied seats with quick release seat belts plus the usual auxiliary gauges, and the handbrake is a fly off system. As this car is to rally specification, auxiliary fuses and Terratrip timing equipment are also fitted.

This Lotus Cortina is certainly no concours queen; however, it has a very strong and sound shell coupled to an impressive specification. A recent test drive by a well known racing driver found the car to be very quick having the car very controlled but mostly sideways around the Surrey lanes. Accompanying this Lotus Cortina Mk. 1 is a Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form.We are advised by the vendor that the car will arrive at the sale with a new MoT test certificate and a letter of authenticity showing the car's provenance.

The Lotus Cortina quite rightly earned an awesome reputation in its day and these models are now highly prized - this is an opportunity to acquire an iconic piece of motoring competition history.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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