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Lot 107: Ford Cortina GT Mk1 2-Door Rally Saloon

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

This car has been restored by a member of the Mk1 Cortina Owners Club as an accurate evocation of David Seigle-Morris's works Cortina GT as used on the 1964 Alpine Rally, incorporating many period fittings and modifications. Selected for being strong and rust-free, the donor car employed is an original pre-airflow, two-door GT model with 3-clock dash, built in February 1964, which has been stripped to a bare shell and repainted in the 'works' colour of the period: Monaco Red. The engine is a genuine 1500GT unit that has just been rebuilt. It incorporates a Kent camshaft (Cosworth A2 profile), 0.060" oversize AE pistons and a new big-valve cylinder head, ported and polished to 'Stage 3' and fitted with hardened exhaust seats for running lead-free fuel. Twin Weber 40DCOE-2 carburettors supply the mixture, which is sparked by Lumenition Magnatronic ignition. The gearbox is a freshly rebuilt original three-rail unit with original GT remote shift, fitted with the preferred 2000E ratios. A 3.9 crown wheel and pinion ratio is fitted. The suspension features Leda top-adjustable wedged Lotus front struts with heavy duty lowered springs, and 1" lowering blocks at the rear with GasSpax adjustable dampers. Braking is looked after by 9" discs and M16 callipers at the front and standard drums at the rear. Trimmed in black, the interior boasts period bucket seats and an original rear bench, and is fully instrumented and equipped for road rallying. The additional safety equipment required for more serious special stage rallying – a 6-point roll-cage, a pair of high-back bucket seats and a fire system - could easily and quickly be fitted. 'SKH 773B' has covered fewer than 1,200 miles and only been subjected to a couple of classic touring events over the past three years whilst in the ownership of the vendor, a former Ford AVO and Boreham Competition Department engineer. When purchased it had covered less than 50 miles since total restoration from a bare shell and fewer than 40 miles have been covered since the engine and gearbox were rebuilt, and further running-in is required. Whilst when photographed, paint and chrome were virtually spotless and there was no dirt even on the underside or beneath the wheel arches. The car comes with replica magnetic 'Rally des Alpes' plate and magnetic yellow number panels for shows; original Cortina GT owner's handbook and spares list; file to include period rally advertisements, copy of the model's original FIA homologation papers, magazine articles and all paperwork relating to the new Brantz tripmeter for regularities. Also included in the sale is a wood-rim steering wheel and period works-type stone guards for the Cibié Oscars. 'SKH 773B' is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to May 2013, Swansea V5C document and the vendors' detailed description of its specification. Occupying four-plus A4 pages and running to over 1,100 words, it is essential reading for prospective purchasers wishing to fully appreciate the attention to detail taken in its construction and preparation. Apart from being enjoyed in current GT specification, this now extremely rare Mk1 2-door would also be a most suitable candidate for upgrading, as so often happened in period, into a pre-airflow Lotus Cortina for international rallying or racing at the highest level.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
Lot Number107
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£15000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£17250
Condition rating
Registration numberSKH 773B
Chassis numberZ77D052460R
Engine number122E20767
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2