Lot 356 - 1968 Ford Cortina-Lotus Mk II

Lot 356 - 1968 Ford Cortina-Lotus Mk II

Lot 356 - 1968 Ford Cortina-Lotus Mk II

Lot Number 356
Registration MRY 611F
Chassis Number BA91GM12949
Engine Number 12949
Estimate £18,000 - £24,000

Following on from the enormous success of the Lotus Cortina MK1, Ford introduced the Cortina-Lotus MkII in 1967 with the famous Lotus 1600 twin cam engine now giving 109bhp. Ford renamed the Lotus version the Cortina-Lotus due to it now being manufactured at Ford's Dagenham plant in Essex. This came about through many issues; Ford were worried about the build quality at Lotus and Lotus themselves would struggle to manufacture enough cars due to their move from Cheshunt to Hethel in 1966. Externally, the Mk II had a black front grill, 5.5J x 13 steel wheels and Lotus badges on both rear wings and by the rear number plate. The gearbox ratios remained to 2000E specification with the final drive lengthened from 3.9:1 to 3.77:1. Comfort and handling improvements were made. A larger fuel tank and radial tyres were also added. The new package was well received and production outstripped that of the Mk I. As an aside; the well known stripe that adorns the Ford Cortina-Lotus models was never applied by the factory and was made a dealer option only.

We are pleased to offer this 1968 Cortina-Lotus Mk II. This Dagenham built Cortina has recently had major mechanical works undertaken in 2013. The engine was stripped down and inspected and overhauled using new valve seats, valve guides, gudgeon pins, bearings and standard OE type camshafts. An over bore of the cylinders by + 40 thou was carried out, to suit the Omega forged pistons. The water pump was overhauled with the addition of a ceramic impeller. The 40 DCOE carburettors were stripped, cleaned, inspected and adjusted as required. On re-assembly of the engine, all parts were re-finished in the original factory grey colour. The gearbox was stripped, inspected and rebuilt with new bearings, seals and gaskets as required. The propeller shaft was also overhauled with new universal joints. The suspension was dismantled, inspected and repaired with polyurethane bushes being fitted to track control arms, anti roll bar and pick up points.  Spax adjustable shock absorbers are fitted all around.

Today the Cortina-Lotus looks very smart in its finish of red with a gold stripe, reminiscent and similar to the period of Alan Mann racing colours. The correct wheels compliment the external finish. On the inside, the trim is very smart with all the instruments present, correct and in working order.

With an MoT test certificate valid until 18th September 2014 and valid Historic road fund licence that expires at the end of August 2014, this handsome Cortina-Lotus may be used immediately. It also appears to be an ideal opportunity for the enthusiast especially given the realistic estimate.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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