Lot 316 - 1963 Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500GT

Lot 316 - 1963 Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500GT

Lot 316 - 1963 Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500GT

Lot Number 316
Registration ARE 136A
Chassis Number 142546
Engine Number 3591
Odometer reading 19,244 miles
Estimate £24,000 - £28,000
Result Sold - £26,880

The Cortina was Ford's mass-market compact car and sold extremely well. It was produced in five generations, the Mk. I through to the Mk. V although officially the last one was called the Cortina 80. With variants of the Cortina reaching sales of over one million, each successive model proved more popular than its predecessor.  Such was its fame in the UK, that the BBC Two documentary seriesArenaonce devoted an entire programme to the car and its enthusiasts. In response to the huge success of the Mini, Ford responded not with a small car but with a larger family offering which they could sell in large numbers. The result was the Cortina; a distinctively styled car aimed at buyers of the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor, launched on 20th September 1962. With eye-catching modern styling, it was originally branded as the Consul Cortina until a modest facelift in 1964, after which, it was sold simply as the Cortina but with four trim levels; Standard, Deluxe, Super and GT.

This concours winning Cortina is astonishing for a number of reasons; she has only had two owners in her 53 years on the road, both of whom seem to have an obsession in how the car has to be looked after, secondly the mileage of 19,244 is genuine and warranted. Thirdly, it is virtually impossible to find a more original example than this outstanding car. The jack and tools are all present and correct; even they are kept polished and spotless. The interior of the car can only be described as 'as new', the dashboard has no age related marks and the seats are unmarked as are the original carpets. The Goodwood green paintwork is superb although it does appear the bonnet may have been painted many years ago. The underbonnet area is delightful and exactly as it should be. During our thoroughly enjoyable road test, we were able to take the car to the garage that had carried out most of the MoT tests. The garage owner kindly let us have a look under the car, our inspection confirmed this Cortina 1500GT to be exceptional underneath just as she is on top. The garage owner recalled a time when the previous custodian took the car for an MoT test a number of years ago. During the test, it started raining and he refused to drive the car home in the rain, choosing to walk instead. He picked the car up three days later when the roads were dry!

While on the photo shoot, a procession of people continued to admire and comment on this delightfully handsome car, it is almost a privilege to have had the opportunity to closely inspect this 53 year old Ford. The car is currently fitted with a Les Leston Grand Prix steering wheel, although the original is available and a stainless steel exhaust was fitted in 1990. When she was supplied new on 4th July 1963, this Cortina would have cost £748-10-5d this is one of the early examples with a 'strip' type speedometer and a rev. counter pod mounted on the lefthand side of the steering column. 

The current vendor has shown ARE 163A at a number of events, unsurprisingly with great success, here are just some of the events this Cortina 1500GT has won; 

1990 Mk.I Cortina Owners ClubConcours winner.

1991 Mk.I Cortina Owners ClubBest GT(National Rally).

1992 Mk.I Cortina Owners ClubConcours winner.

Ford 1600E Owners Club, visitorsConcours winner.

Auto-Glym Concours 1960-1970Classic saloons winner.

1995 Mk.I Cortina Owners Club (National Rally)Concours winner. 

Clearly a example of unparalleled quality in terms of the low ownership, an average mileage of 362 miles per year and outstanding original condition, this 1500GT has not been offered for sale in the last 27 years. Interest parties are recommended to view this car in person to gauge the quality of this 'time-warp' condition Ford.

 

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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