Ford Cortina Mk II Lotus
1967-1970, 4032 produced.
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
One of the most interesting of all British saloon models from the 1960's first appeared in 1963, the Lotus Cortina. This very special Cortina was the fruit from an interesting partnership between Ford (UK) and Lotus Cars of Norfolk, England. A stiffened two door Cortina shell was used as a base with a Lotus 1558cc, twin-cam engine providing 105bhp.
Servo assisted disc brakes, lowered and revised suspension ensured that the Lotus Cortina handled as well as reaching a top speed of 108mph. Wide road wheels and tyres provided plenty of grip and the most distinctive feature, the special white paintwork with green side flash, made sure that the Lotus Cortina stood out from the crowd.
In 1967 a Mk II Cortina Lotus superseded the earlier model and now came with a choice of body colour. Unfortunately some of the original spirit had been lost in the Mk I - to - Mk II change and so the following has never been as strong. Production of this the last Lotus/Ford joint venture ended in 1970.
|1558cc||S4 DOHC||Lotus (Ford) Twin-cam 1.6||82.55mm x 72.746mm||9.5|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|103 mph||9.8 s||21 mpg|
1969 Ford Cortina Lotus MkII
|Publication||Practical Classics June 2012|
|1969 Ford Cortina Lotus MkII - The condition of this former police car was just criminal, but Graeme Farrar's rebuild has done the Cortina Lotus justice.|
Buy a Lotus Cortina
|Publication||Classic Cars June 2007|
|Buy a Lotus Cortina - The first and by far the most desirable of all Ford's 'hot' family saloon is a delight to own and drive, and an appreciating asset - if you buy a real one.|
Buyers Guide: Ford Cortina Mk II 1966-1970
|Publication||Practical Classics Spring 2004|
|Buyers Guide: Ford Cortina Mk II 1966-1970 - A truly practical Classic, the Ford Cortina Mk II's code name was archbishop - read this guide carefully and before you know it you'll be converted.|
Restoration - Shouldn't take long...18 years later!
|Publication||Classics Monthly June 2007|
|Restoration - Shouldn't take long...18 years later! - It seemed like an easy project for a novice restoration, but a world of pain was lurking under the apparently solid body. Lotus Cortina Restoration|
Buying Power - Cortina MK 2
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 19 January 2006|
|Buying Power - Cortina MK 2 - Building on the success of the original Cortina, Ford's second generation of family favourites lasted from 1966 to 1970. RICHARD GUNN looks at buying the car that millions of Britons have fond memories of.|
Marque Five - The Lotus Position
|Publication||Classic Car Mart September 2004|
|Marque Five - The Lotus Position - Lotus have produced some hugely underrated sporting machines over the years. Paul Guinness takes a look at five of the best classic Lotus buys of today. Lotus Europa, Lotus Elite, Lotus Eclat, Lotus Esprit S1, S1 & S3, Lotus Cortina.|
Classic Car Weekly 17 April 2002 pg 20
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 17 April 2002|
|Buying Power. Lotus Cortina. When launched in 1963 the Lotus Cortina was little short of sensational - it's now one of the most collectable of all Fords, but Matt Skelton tells us to beware.|