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An award winning Mk1 Ford Cortina 1500 De Luxe with awesome performance.
All steel unitary construction, safety glass all round, zero torque anti-burst locks, air extraction vents, bright metal exterior ornamentation, single-tone horn, sealed beam headlamps, painted fascia and upper door cappings, front bucket seats, padded dashtop, aluminium scuff plates, Aeroflow heating and ventilation, engine temperature gauge, twin sunvisors, seat belt stowage points, cigar lighter, 3-spoke sports steering wheel. Factory options; 1500cc engine.
The iconic Mk1 Ford Cortina is instantly recognisable and draws much attention and affection from onlookers. Being no exception, the exterior finish of this incredible example is simply breath taking. A fully documented 2007 bare metal re-spray in the original colour of Ford Ermine White (code BA) was carried out as part of a full restoration program and was to include underside paint detailing. A four door vehicle was intentionally chosen as an alternative to the majority two door cars, and the common Lotus Cortina recreation was avoided. The paintwork is close to flawless with imperfections traceable only upon the most fastidious scrutiny, namely a hairline crack to the paint on the seam joining each front wing to the windscreen scuttle, utterly insignificant. Huge expense and countless hours of devotion are clearly evident with the resulting finish scarcely bettered. The chrome bumpers, brightwork and rubber trim sections are perfect and the original bonnet and rear badges display only the faintest natural patina. A spotless detailed engine bay upholds the condition of the exterior and features expensive re-plating and refurbishment of all components. A stunning Mk1 worthy of much admiration and pride.
The original interior of this classic Cortina is wonderfully nostalgic! The sculptured front bucket seats and rear bench are trimmed in vibrant Red PVC (code B393) and remain in remarkable condition. The seats have retained all integrity and shape with only very faint crazing to the top of the driver’s seat worthy of mention, incredible considering nearly 50 years have passed by! The matching door cards are pristine as is the washable headlining and matching twin sunvisors. All gauges and controls housed in the stunning painted fascia are clear and fully operational, and a period optional accessory Sharp Solid State radio remains in place. A TIM tachometer discreetly located on the dash underside offers a hint to this cars exhilarating nature. The stylish three spoke sports steering wheel is simply stunning, a real design piece. A fantastic classic Cortina interior, true to Fords intentions.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The factory optional 1500cc engine was an upgrade from the standard 1200cc unit. The original pre-crossflow engine in this example has benefited from a mind blowing program of improvement, largely from renowned Burton Power of Ilford, Essex. An exhaustive specification list that includes, to name but a few, many Lotus components, twin 40” carburettors, Ashley manifold and stainless exhaust system and Kent 244 camshaft. The result of this no expense spared devotion is a driving experience that will excite any enthusiast immensely. A four speed 2000E Bullet gearbox completes the package and is light and precise. Fast, fun and fantastic in every respect.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Wonderfully period Minilight wheels with polished outer rims are simply perfect and are shod in nearly new Yokohama 185/60 R13 tyres. Tastefully lowered using fully adjustable GAZ shocks give this Cortina the ultimate imposing stance to go with the epic handling. To ensure the car stops as well as it goes and upgrade braking system incorporates vented front discs with Capri 2.8i callipers and 8in rear drums.
Registered new on 6th December 1966 as a humble mid-range 1500 De Luxe, this example led an unassuming yet cherished existence throughout its first four decades. It wasn’t until 2006 when despite being a relatively sound useable example, Mr Stephen Greenwood thankfully saved the car from a ludicrous plan to scrap it! Therein began an incredible quest to build the ultimate Mk1 Cortina with a twist. A colossal history box file contains literally hundreds of receipts and invoices evidencing thousands of pounds worth of parts from renowned specialist suppliers, as well as many restoration photographs and previous MOT certificates. The no expense spared mentality was clearly infectious and the overall build cost grew to an eye watering amount! In 2011 Mr Barry Payne a friend of Mr Greenwood purchased the Cortina knowing what a fantastic opportunity it represented. Mr Payne a very well known character on the classic Ford scene has owned countless classic blue oval marques and the Cortina sat nicely alongside his existing collection. His fastidious nature and cherished ownership means the car remains presented in impeccable order, a real credit to them both.
A truly heart wrenching decision for Mr Payne to part with this car is born from the acquisition of a new project and KGF Classic Cars are delighted to offer this brilliant Mk1 Cortina to its next very lucky owner.
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