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Lot 174: Ford Lotus Cortina Mk II


In the early 1960s Ford asked Lotus founder Colin Chapman to produce a sports/racing version of its new Cortina for homologation in Group 2. Announced in January 1962, and assembled at Lotus, the Lotus Cortina sported bonnet, boot lid and doors made of alloy, as were clutch and diff housings and the gearbox tail shaft. Front suspension was standard MacPherson strut, lowered and stiffened, but the rear was radical with the leaf springs being replaced by an A-bracket, coil springs and trailing arms. Wide wheels and servo-assisted brakes (discs front, drums rear), along with 105bhp from the twin-cam 1,588cc 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 saw victories in the Acropolis and Geneva Rallies and Sönderström/Palm win the RAC rally. This Mark II Lotus Cortina should be the 'thinking mans' choice. With prices of Mk I cars rocketing to the £60,000 mark for a good example, these Mark II's offer real value. Finished in Team Lotus red over gold , bodily this little car is reported to be in good general order by the vendor. The torque Lotus/ Ford Twin Cam engine runs quietly, pulls well and has proven to be very reliable on recent short and long journeys. The well presented black interior is in good original condition with both clean and undamaged seats and headlining. With a current MoT certificate and offered with UK V5 paperwork this delightful little Lotus Cortina Mark II is offered with a sensible reserve.

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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number174
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberMRY 611F
Chassis numberBA916M12947
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