Lot 193 - 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. I
|Chassis Number||3A7UE G5959S|
|Estimate||£37,000 - £43,000|
In 1961, Colin Chapman was commissioned by Harry Mundy to design a twin cam version of the Ford Kent engine and its first appearance was at the Nürburgring in a Lotus 23 driven by Jim Clark. Soon after, the engine appeared in the Lotus Elan. During the engine's development, Walter Hayes at Ford asked Colin Chapman to fit the twin cam into 1,000 Ford saloons for Group Two racing homologation. Chapman accepted the contract and the type 28, or Lotus Cortina as it became known, was born. Whilst Ford supplied the two door body shells and took care of the marketing, Lotus engineered the mechanical and cosmetic changes which included the 1,558cc engine along with the Elan's close-ratio gearbox, front quarter bumpers and Lotus badges.
This stunning example has been comprehensively and sympathetically upgraded to a ‘fast road’ specification. During the 80’s the car was substantially remanufactured using a new bodyshell but retaining its distinctive Lotus components. The engine was rebuilt by noted specialists Twincam Techniques and engineered to accept the larger 45 DHLA Dellorto carburettors. Equipped with oversize valves, competition valve springs and Burton hi-lift camshafts, we are informed this car develops in excess of 140 bhp. Further enhancements include new carpets, headlining and door trim panels. A comprehensive document book accompanies the car and containing the full ownership history, FIA paperwork and invoices from the rebuild. This Lotus Cortina is presented in fantastic condition, we are informed she runs and handles well and is ready for road or track use.
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.