Lot 211 - 1965 Ford Cortina Mk. I 1500 GT
|Odometer reading||76,994 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,440|
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 series Arena once 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 Cortina GT was restored a number of years ago and presents in excellent condition today, resplendent in its original colour of Ermine white with the Lotus Cortina green flash having been added later. This example is very straight with good panel gaps and sits proudly on a set of Lotus Cortina steel wheels complementing the aesthetics. Inspection of the engine bay reveals the quality continues especially with the excellent suspension turret tops; a well known weak point on the Cortina model. The chassis plate confirms this Cortina was originally supplied as a righthand drive, 1498 GT model with remote gear change, standard axle and black trim. The vendor has made some important improvements on the car, including fitting an electronic fuel pump and pressure regulator, an electric cooling fan, an alternator and a brake servo, resulting in a very useable and immensely stylish 1960's classic Ford. The dashboard of this Cortina sports the GT auxiliary instruments, rev counter and odometer. A comprehensive history folder is supplied with FYC 582C, together with a V5C registration document and current MoT test certificate valid until 10th May 2017. This Mk.I Cortina 1500 GT is a splendid example and looks to be attractively estimated and, as such, should generate significant interest.
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