Lot 144 - 1981 Ford Cortina Ghia Mk. V (2.0 litre)
|Odometer reading||995 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
The biggest step forward for the fourth-generation Cortina was that it finally saw the convergence of the German Taunus and the British Cortina. No longer were these two separate ranges but merely the same cars carrying different badges. The Mk. V was announced on 24th August 1979 and officially the program was code named Teresa although externally it was marketed as 'Cortina 80'. Largely an update to the Mk. IV, it was really a step between a facelift and a re-body. The Mk. V differentiated itself from the Mk. IV by having revised headlights with larger turn indicators incorporated, a wider slatted grille said to be more aerodynamically efficient, a flattened roof, larger glass area, slimmer C-pillars with revised vent covers, larger slatted taillights (on saloon models) and upgraded trim. Improvements were also made to the engine range with slight improvements to both fuel economy and power output compared to the Mk. IV
This rare four door Mk. V Ford Cortina automatic was supplied new in London in December 1981. Due to its age it now qualifies for free road fund licence, it is MoT test exempt and is ULEZ compatible. This low ownership example has recently benefitted from a considerable amount of money being spent on recommissioning. Works included the fitting of a new radiator, exhaust pipe and alternator. The bodywork of this iconic Ford is in good order and is complemented by a sumptuous velour interior. The look is enhanced with period correct alloy wheels, a factory fitted steel sunroof and a working radio cassette player. An earlier engine rebuild was undertaken and this Cortina is fitted with a fully documented LPG conversion. We are informed that with the flick of a switch the car runs well on gas. The often troublesome automatic choke has recently been replaced with a much more user friendly manual version. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a valid MoT test certificate despite its exemption by age, and various paperwork including a superb Ford press release ‘The Cortina story’. Offered without reserve this Ford is an opportunity not to be missed.
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