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Lot 312: Ford Lotus Cortina

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

In the early 1960s Ford asked Lotus founder Colin Chapman to produce a sports/racing version of its new Cortina for homologation in the Group 2 category. Announced in January 1962, and assembled at Lotus, the Lotus Cortina sported bonnet, boot lid and doors made of alloy, as were clutch and differential housings and the gearbox tail-shaft. Front suspension was standard MacPherson strut, lowered and stiffened, but the rear was radical, the leaf springs replaced by an A-bracket, coil springs and trailing arms. Wide wheels and servo-assisted disc front/drum rear brakes, along with 105bhp from the twin-camshaft, 1,588cc four cylinder Ford engine and a close ratio box, completed the package. The Lotus Cortina's first victory came in the 1964 Motor Six Hours at Brands Hatch, followed by Sir John Whitmore's outright honours in the 1965 European Touring Car Championship; Jackie Ickx also won the Belgian Saloon Car Championship, Bengt Sönderström the Swedish Rally and Roger Clark the Welsh Rally, while in New Zealand the car won the Gold Star Saloon Car Championship; 1966 then saw victories in the Acropolis and Geneva Rallies and Sönderström/Palm win the RAC. There is little wonder, with its competition history, that the Lotus Cortina is a popular entrant for historic racing the world over. Built as a racing car for the 2008 season to appendix K specification using all new parts, this classic touring car has been successfully campaigned; a class winner in The Masters Series Top Hat, winner of class CT8 at the 6 Hours Of Spa in 2008 and 2009 and 3rd overall touring car at the 6 Hours of Spa 2009 with notable drivers at the wheel including Frank Sytner, Martin Stretton and Michael Caine. A very competitive and successful racing car, this vehicle is eligible for numerous race series in 2010 including Masters Top Hat, U2TC, HSCC and CSCC. Described by the vendor as being in very good condition, this car has been maintained and prepared to a high standard regardless of cost and is presented with HTP papers and a V5 document.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
Lot Number312
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration number432 DOW  
Chassis number274C065304
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2