Lot 021: Ford Cortina MkI Super
As the 1960s dawned, BMC were revelling in the success of their new Mini the first successful true mini-car to be built in Britain in the post-war era. Management at Ford in Dagenham felt that they could not develop a similar small car to the same scale as the production cost would be too high, so instead they set about creating a bigger family car which they could sell in large numbers. The result was the Cortina, a distinctively-styled car aimed at buyers of the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor, that was launched in September 1962. A massive success from the outset, the car confirmed Ford's reputation for offering a lot of car for the money.
Available with either a 1.2 or a 60bhp 1.5-litre engine in two-door and four-door saloon and estate forms, it came in Standard, Deluxe, Super and GT trim levels. Some 933,000 examples were sold before it was replaced by the MkII in 1966, although survivors are now surprisingly rare and sought after.
Supplied new by Phillips Brothers of Wigmore, Herefordshire, in November 1964, this car has the later 'round dial' dashboard which had replaced the original strip instruments earlier that year and still retains the original brass plate from the supplying dealer on the driver's side sill. In one family ownership from new until 2008 (father and son), it has had just two further keepers since.
Bills on file show that it was restored in 2009 including new sills, a repaint in the original Ermine White, a new radiator and new tyres. The blue vinyl interior appears to be largely original and in good order throughout, while the 81,800 miles on the clock is believed to be genuine.
Taxed until March 2012 and due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, it is said to drive very well and comes with the original owner's handbook, a repair manual and the original Ford 'Film Summary'. It is fitted with wider GT wheels and tyres, although the original wheels are available to the winning bidder if desired. Altogether a good, sound example of what is now a rare and appreciating classic.
Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
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|Registration number||CCJ 803B|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1498|
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|Number of doors||4|