Lot 309 - 1968 12918 Lotus Cortina Mk.II

Lot 309 - 1968 12918 Lotus Cortina Mk.II

Lot 309 - 1968 12918 Lotus Cortina Mk.II

Lot Number 309
Registration MHE784F
Chassis Number BA91GM58490
Engine Number GM58490
Odometer reading 60,095 miles
Estimate £18,000 - £22,000
Result Sold - £19,040

The history of the Lotus Cortina began in 1961 after Colin Chapman decided he wanted to build his own engines for Lotus. His chance came when he commissioned Harry Mundy to design a twin-cam version of the Ford Kent engine. The engine's first appearance was in 1962 at the Nürburgring in a Lotus 23 driven by Jim Clark. Immediately after and almost as soon as the engine appeared in the Lotus Elan, it was recalled and replaced with a larger capacity unit to get the car closer to the 1.6 litre capacity class in motorsport. Ford wanted to change a few things for the Mk.II; the Mk.I had done everything and more than they could expect in competition, but the public linked its competition wins with Lotus and its bad points with Ford. Ford still wanted to build a Mk.II Lotus and compete with it, but Lotus were moving from Cheshunt to Hethel so it was a bad time for them to build another model. So a decision was made at Ford that to continue with its competition drive and make the car more cost effective, they would make the car at Dagenham themselves alongside the other Cortinas. The Mk.II took a while to appear, first appearing in 1967. The main difference was the choice of colours and the lack of a stripe; the only cosmetic changes made were a black front grill, 5.5J x 13 steel wheels and Lotus badges on rear wings and by the rear number plate. The badge on the front grill was an option at first. The Mk.II Lotus Cortinas also gained an improved and more powerful 109bhp engine, the gearbox ratios remained 2000E ones but the car now used the Mk.II GT remote-control gearchange. The car also had a different final drive of 3.77:1 rather than 3.9:1. Another attraction was the larger fuel tank, the spare wheel could now be mounted in its wheel well and the battery remained in the boot to aid weight distribution.

This is a genuine Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.II and is presented in good all round condition. A substantial history file accompanies the car, including a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. The Lotus is described as driving well, with no known faults. Inspection of the car indicates some restoration work having been carried out - which is only to be expected on a 45 year old car. With prices of Lotus Cortinas increasing dramatically recently, this could prove to be a sound investment.

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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