EQUIPMENT – All steel unitary construction, anti-burst locks, air extraction vents, chrome wing mirrors, single-tone horn, sealed beam headlamps, painted fascia, glove box and ash tray. Aero-flow heating and ventilation, engine temperature gauge, twin sun visors, cigar lighter. Fitted additions: GT 3 spoke steering wheel, 4 way flashers, and rear fog light, battery immobiliser. Taylor made in-door Ford emblem car cover.
EXTERIOR – The iconic Mk1 Ford Cortina is instantly recognisable and draws much attention and indeed affection from onlookers. This one is no exception, sporting ‘Recreation Lotus’ livery it’s a real head turner. The new twin front bumpers have replaced the standard full length item. A full respray in 2009 was followed by a complete under body restoration: both axels and chassis have been completely rust treated and painted not once, but twice with appropriate chassis paint. The two front doors perhaps don’t sit quite as they should but, do not detract from the overall appearance. A new windscreen rubber seal is neat. The final result, in particular underneath, is simply superb. A stunning Mk1 worthy of much admiration.
INTERIOR – The original interior of this classic Cortina is wonderfully nostalgic! The sculptured front seats and rear bench are trimmed in vibrant Red PVC and remain in remarkable condition. The matching door cards are pristine but, sadly a couple of tears, which have been repaired, are visible in the original headlining. The matching twin sun visors are both fine. All gauges and controls housed in the lovely period fascia are clear and fully operational. The stylish three spoke GT sports steering wheel is a nice addition along with vibrant new red carpets and new boot interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION – The factory fitted 1200cc engine remains and, dare I say it, probably runs better now than it did when leaving the factory. The spirited 48bhp unit sits on new rubber mountings with the engine bay detailing apparent for all to see. All coolant hoses and coolant have been replaced, along with all ignition parts, plugs and ignition cables. The engine runs perfectly with zero knocking and a steady 10 bar of compression. New transmission mountings and clutch plate all add to the previous owners full on restoration. Naturally, a new battery sits proud with an ingenious positive ‘immobiliser switch’ to retain power when not in regular use without disconnecting. Of course a new exhaust is in place too.
There is, without question, scope to ‘insert’ something BIGGER here too.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES – Wonderfully period Minilight style wheels with polished outer rims are simply perfect and are shod in new Dunlop Sport 200 175/70 R13 tyres setting the car off beautifully. New front brake calipers, new shoes and pads to accompany new rear shock absorbers, confirm the integrity of the previous owner’s intentions.
HISTORY FILE – Registered new as KAP 24D on 09th November 1966 – our humble mid-range 1200 De Luxe Cortina, lists only 3 previous UK owners. The last custodian exported the car from the UK to Germany in 2009, essentially to enjoy what was supposed to be a restored car. Sadly, once home, it quickly transpired that all was not well! On removing the ever present under seal, several holes dared to bare their teeth. Once the 1st hole was repaired, he just couldn’t stop – literally. Six years later, the final result is remarkable with its maiden voyage taking place in the summer of 2015. From an engineering background, he’s fastidiously restored the car to produce a lovely example of a UK icon.
Offered with a new MOT with shipping to the UK included in the price.