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An outstanding original Ford Cortina Mk5 Carousel with only 33,164 miles from new.
All steel welded integral construction, two-tone paintwork, safety glass all round, laminated windscreen, louvered radiator grill, bright drip-rail, windshield and rear window inserts, anti-burst locks, bright bumpers, bodyside rubbing strip, black side window frames, perforated headlining, ‘hangdown’ centre console, vanity mirror, seat valances, cigar lighter, boot mat, two rear coat hooks, instrument illumination control, two speed wipers with ‘flick’ wipe, electric screen wash. Dealer fitted options; Ford mud flaps, Ford accessory grille with built in Hella driving lamps, Smith quartz digital clock, CA7000 Deluxe remote control security system, radio cassette.
This beautiful special edition Carousel is one of the final incarnations of Ford’s iconic Cortina MkV, sometimes known as the Cortina 80 being the facelift version of the MKIV. This stunning example is finished in original Forest Green (code T1) over Crystal Green (code 61). The factory paint has a glorious deep uniform shine owing to the remarkably low miles covered and the truly cosseted ownership. All factory panels are straight with even gaps and free from corrosion, and the underside is structurally perfect having been protected from new with no repair work undertaken or required. Close scrutiny will reveal only very minor markings which are left untreated to retain the factory finish. Worthy of mention is a light scratch to the nearside front wing edge and a touched in scratch to the rear nearside wing as well as two miniscule dings to the roof. A handful of very light scratches on detailed inspection are expected on an unrestored example but serve as to highlight the vehicles fantastic original nature. Supplying dealer rear number plate and screen sticker remain as does the original registration mark etched glass all round. All trim sections are spotless including the Ford accessory grill with built in Hella driving lamps. The original grille also comes with the car. A rare surviving classic Ford in outstanding preserved order.
A factory fresh 1980’s Ford interior absolutely worthy of the term ‘time warp’ and a true delight to any ‘blue oval’ enthusiast. The immensely comfortable perfect Green Yorke (code W3) fabric seats are completely free from wear or damage commensurate of a car with such few miles covered. The spotless colour keyed carpets, matching door cards and perforated headlining firmly uphold the showroom fresh appeal. A previous owner has even protected the rear door cards with a cellophane covering! All switchgear and functions operate exactly as intended. The perfect dashboard has suffered no cracks or distortion and the steering wheel displays the cars low mileage credentials with veins still prominent. A period Smiths quartz digital clock was fitted into the ashtray space as an accessory when new but the original unused ashtray comes with the car. This truly exceptional interior is a real credit to the cars cherished past.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Ford’s time tested and trustworthy 1600 OHC unit with single variable venturi carburettor needs little introduction. With a power output of 73bhp, a top speed of 93mph and a 0-60 time of 13.0 seconds allow the car to match the pace of modern traffic with ease. The engine is whisper quiet and wonderfully smooth having benefitted from previous ownership by a retired mechanical engineer. A genuine Ford unleaded head has been fitted but the original factory cylinder head remains with the car. A clean and tidy engine bay displays factory stickers and plates ready for bonnet up exhibiting. The four speed all synchromesh manual gearbox feels light with a positive clutch action and relaxed motoring is effortless.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five Sports road wheels are pristine and unrestored and the original bright embellishers remain fitted remain. The factory finish shows only minor markings and the Ford part numbers and emblem can clearly be seen. New Nankang CX-668 185/70 R13 tyres are fitted all round and the spare wheel is still shod in the original Michelin XZX tyre, both unused! Hydraulic dual line brakes with servo assistance and uprated callipers offer ample stopping power and complete assurance.
Supplied new by Ford Main Dealer Carr of Morley Ltd and first registered on 30 March 1982, this stunning Ford Cortina has had just two former keepers from new. A new car sales invoice made out to first keeper Mr Gordon Greene illustrates a purchase price of £4,191.31 with a part exchange allowance of £1,000 against his Mk2 Cortina 1600E! Both this and the original vehicle registration documents are laminated in the history file. The previous keeper, retired mechanical engineer Mr Roger Hermitage, purchased the car in March 2013 and has enjoyed this low mileage cossetted example for shows and fair weather days out.
All Ford handbooks, service booklet and operating guides are held within the PVC folder and some previous MOT certificates and invoices validate the very low 33,164 miles from new. A collection of best in show trophies and rosettes highlight the appeal of this wonderfully original and unmolested example. A delight for the collector and enthusiast alike.
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