Lot 148 - 1979 Ford Cortina Mk. IV 2.0S

Lot 148 - 1979 Ford Cortina Mk. IV 2.0S

Lot 148 - 1979 Ford Cortina Mk. IV 2.0S

Lot Number 148
Registration XAM 480T
Chassis Number BABFWK34783
Engine Number WK34783
Odometer reading 75,007 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £5,320

The fourth-generation Cortina was a more conventional design than its predecessor, and this was largely appreciated by fleet buyers. Generally, it was a rebody of the Mk. III with little mechanical change as an integration of Ford's model range, and as a result, the Cortina and Taunus now differed only in badging. Although the updated Taunus was introduced to Continental Europe in January 1976, Ford were able to continue selling the Cortina Mk. III in undiminished numbers in the UK until they were ready to launch its successor as the Dagenham built Cortina Mark IV, which went on sale on 29th September 1976. Many parts were carried over, most notably the running gear. The raised driving position and the new instrument panel had, along with some of the suspension upgrades, already been introduced to the Cortina Mk. III in 1973, so that from the driving position, the new car looked much more familiar to owners of recent existing Cortina’s than from the outside.

Originally registered on 1st April 1979 this Cortina Mk. IV is an exceptionally rare 2.0S model. Finished in white with the sport Carla interior trim which is in good order, this is a restoration project, however what a great car to carry out a restoration on. It is not known how many S derivate Mk. IV’s are surviving today but is thought less than 20 nationwide and with the figure likely to be around 12. This is a relatively simple restoration project and as any Ford aficionados are aware, these are simple, uncomplicated cars to work on. The owner’s clubs are a great source of information in respect to technical data and tracking down any obscure parts. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this iconic Ford Cortina deserves to be restored to her former glory.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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