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Lot 237: Ford Lotus Cortina

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

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 genuine Lotus Cortina Mark 1, when bought by the current owner, had already been prepared to FIA specification. Not satisfied though, in 2011 he completely stripped and rebuilt the car for historic saloon car racing, and as such it is now ready to enter many classic events throughout Europe. Fitted with Recaro seats, a roll bar, racing fuel tank, and fitted with a very strong engine, this example represents superb value for money for either rally or track use. Finished in white with the traditional green stripe, the vendor has described it as being in excellent condition all round.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number237
Estimate€30000-€40000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1965
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Chassis numberBA74FT59431
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