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Probably the best Mk5 Ford Cortina Crusader with an amazing 7,004 miles.
All steel welded integral construction, safety glass all round, laminated windscreen, four bat louvered radiator grill, bright drip-rail, anti-burst locks, bright bumpers, bodyside rubbing strip, black door window frames, passenger door mirror, rear centre armrest, adjustable head restraints, map pockets, wood veneer door capping, boot mat, ‘eyeball’ face level vents, two rear coat hooks, Ford P21 push button radio, front armrest with trinket box, wood effect facia, panel rheostat, quartz clock.
This almost perfect special edition Crusader 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. Finished in factory original Caribbean Blue, (Code J2) the paint is production line fresh with the two coach lines running the whole length of the car and across the centre panel of the bonnet adding a touch of distinction. Dealer supplied number plates and rear window sticker will please the discerning perfectionist. The nearside rear door edge is slightly marked along with the valence and the rear window rubber aged. Genuine Ford lenses are crystal bright and all glass clear. The engine bay is a showman’s dream being spotlessly clean and untampered and the underside blue colouring still visible. Remarkably exquisite.
A factory fresh 1980’s Ford interior, unique, refined and well specified. The Durham and Velour plush fabric trimmed reclining seats match the colour keyed thick pile carpet normally reserved for Ghia models only. Carpeted lower sections on the doors raise to a light crushed velour topped by unmarked wood veneer door cappings adding luxury to this impressive livery. With such low mileage covered all switchgear and functions operate exactly as intended and the dashboard and wood effect facia is perfect. The four-spoke steering wheel displays prominent veins and the pedal rubbers are unworn. A dealer supplied tax disc holder is also present. The boot area remains unused with jack and wheel brace. Impeccable pedigree.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Ford’s time tested and trustworthy 1600 OHC unit with single variable venturi carburettor has power output of 73bhp, a top speed of 93mph and a 0-60 time of 13.0 seconds. 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 factory original and the bright embellishers remain fitted with a slight marking to one. Factory fitted Ford Goodyear Grand Prix S 165 SR13 tyres incredibly still remain fitted to all five wheels and although visibly new are not recommended for regular use due to the age. Hydraulic dual line brakes with servo assistance and uprated callipers offer ample stopping power and complete assurance.
Supplied new by Ford Main Dealer, Page of Epsom Ltd and first registered on the 6th August 1982, making this one of the very last Cortina’s to roll off the production line which ceased making the model at Dagenham in July 1982. Sold to a Mr Walter Wade who shortly after purchasing the vehicle passed away whereby his wife unused the car but was unable to part with it. Since 2010 the vehicle has remained with true advocates of the marque cherishing this museum like example rarely available on the open market. Supplied with an A4 folder of laminated documentation including rare artefacts such as the Pre-Delivery Inspection Checklist, previous registration documents and some old MOT’s. All the vehicle handbooks including the service book are contained in the blue Page Motors document holder. Both sets of keys are present. One for the connoisseur of collectors.
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