Lot 181 - 1968 Ford Cortina-Lotus Mk. II
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,040|
Following on from the enormous success of the Lotus Cortina Mk. I, Ford introduced the Cortina-Lotus Mk. II in 1967 with the famous Lotus twin cam engine now giving 109bhp. Ford renamed the Lotus version the Cortina-Lotus, due to its manufacture at Ford's Dagenham plant in Essex. This came about through their move from Cheshunt to Hethel in 1966. 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 once owned by Stuart McCrudden; ex Ford, 1968 - 1974. Being a 1968 model, it has the raised auxiliary instrument binnacle, a more desirable feature than the later, flat dashboard version. Mechanically, major works were undertaken in 2013 totalling approximately £5,000 which included a complete engine strip-down, inspection and overhaul 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 match the Omega forged pistons. The water pump was overhauled with the addition of a ceramic impeller and the 40DCOE 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 also stripped, inspected and rebuilt with new bearings, seals and gaskets as required and the propeller shaft was overhauled with new universal joints. The suspension was dismantled, inspected and repaired with polyurethane bushes 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 Ford Dragoon red with a gold stripe, reminiscent and similar to the period of Alan Mann racing colours; the correct wheels further complement the external finish. On the inside, the trim is very smart with all the instruments present, correct and in working order; in fact, on a recent road test, the Cortina-Lotus not only performed well, with the instruments displaying the correct readings, but sounded fabulous also.
This Ford is UK registered with its original number plate, MRY 611F. It further benefits from a recent service and a fresh MoT test certificate and just awaits a lucky new owner.
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