Lot 229 - 1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk. II

Lot 229 - 1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk. II

Lot 229 - 1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk. II

Lot Number 229
Registration HTM 500F
Chassis Number BA916T58125
Engine Number 2731E
Odometer reading 8,305 miles
Estimate £19,000 - £24,000

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 mechanical specification included an 88bhp, 1600cc Cortina GT engine which achieved a fuel consumption of 25 miles per gallon. 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.

This 1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk. II was subject to a complete restoration in the late 1980's at which time the original body shell was found to be beyond repair so a replacement was found and the car was rebuilt using all the original components. The last owner purchased the car in 2000 and has kept it in very good condition throughout. Finished in the classic Lotus colours of white with green stripe and black interior, this Mk. II Cortina is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2017, the old blue V5C and copies of earlier registration documents. 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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