Lot 148 - 1968 Ford Cortina Mk. II 1600E (Series I)

Lot 148 - 1968 Ford Cortina Mk. II 1600E (Series I)

Lot 148 - 1968 Ford Cortina Mk. II 1600E (Series I)

Lot Number 148
Registration TOR 409G
Chassis Number BA97HA56785
Engine Number 3036E
Odometer reading 7,705 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £25,000

The second incarnation of the Cortina was designed by Roy Haynes and was launched on 18th October 1966. One of the best loved versions of that Cortina appeared in 1967, the 1600E, which was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October of that year. The mechanical specification included an 88bhp, 1600cc Cortina GT engine which achieved a fuel consumption of 25 miles per gallon. The 1600E interior came equally well equipped and included special rear bucket seats, reclining front seats, sports steering wheel, extra instruments and wood trim. Production ended in 1970 and, despite attempts at reviving the idea of an 'Executive' version of other, later models, Ford never recaptured the original feel of the Cortina Mk. II based 1600E. For 1969, the Mk. II model was given subtle revisions with separate 'FORD' block letters mounted on the bonnet and boot lid, a blacked-out grille and chrome strips above and below the rear lights running the full width of the rear panel on the Series II.

This fabulous Cortina was originally registered on 3rd April 1968 and presents in stunning condition. Clearly the subject of a total restoration, the bodywork is superb, she is as clean underneath as it is on top. The red coachwork is to a very good standard and the black interior unmarked. We are advised the car starts on the button and drives well. These are very simple cars mechanically and a competent DIY mechanic can carry out routine maintenance. The quality of this 1600E has to be seen to be appreciated, the Series I instantly recognisable by the four dials set high in the dashboard. The performance of these classic Fords was considered brisk in the day, the 1600GT Kent engine offered good acceleration and is a very reliable unit. Offered for sale with a V5/C document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 20th January 2023, we expect this Ford Cortina 1600E to create significant interest.

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