Lot 117 - 1965 Ford Cortina Mk. I
|Odometer reading||3,500 miles|
- Restored example
- Two owners from new
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.
This example was registered new on 3rd September 1965 and has had just two owners from new. Acquired by the current vendor in 2006 who set about restoring the Cortina to fast road/track specification. During the restoration a Vulcan engineering 2100 pinto engine was fitted, coupled to a type 9 five-speed gearbox. The Cortina was also treated to a rack and pinion conversion, Ford Capri single leaf springs, a FR33 high lift Kent camshaft, new cambelt, new water pump and coil overs. Sitting proudly on Lotus Cortina 5.5J steel wheels, the bodyshell includes a well fitted roll cage and the interior includes a Lotus dashboard and clocks. Presented in blue and orange livery the Cortina looks superb and turns heads wherever it goes. A fun and rather quick example we are sure this example, in its fast road specification, will be huge amounts of fun for the new owner at a very modest outlay.
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