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Lot 056: Ford Cortina 2000 XL Estate

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

At the Earls Court show in 1970, Ford gave us the Mk III Cortina, a fabulous '70s style icon for the middle manager. For those of a certain age, it served to put the UK motorist in his correct place in the pecking order, much as the Audi range does today! There was the basic 1300 (described by a journalist of the time as a sheep in wolf's clothing) right through to the 2000E, the car for the man who thought himself better than the rest  presumably due to what the brochure described at the time as &lots of wood.

Ford intended to woo the buyer away from the Japanese invasion with a touch of glamour and loads of spec, a plan which succeeded in spades as the Cortina was for some years Britain's best selling car. The 'Coke bottle' styling endeared the Cortina to a generation of 'Sweeney', 'Professionals' and more recently 'Life on Mars' watchers with its body roll and squealing tyres (not to mention the ice creams down the front on the family summer holiday at the seaside). To top it all, the 1977 classic from Ian Drury 'Billericay Dickie' featured the immortal words: I had a love affair with Nina in the back of my Cortina... such was the impact this car had on Britain's culture at the time.

Dating from the long hot summer of 1976, this super 2000 XL Estate has covered just 33,000 miles from new and has been owned by the same family since around 1980. The vendor passed his test in the car in 1985, since when it has seen little use. More recently it has been un-earthed and given a light restoration. The underside of the car is described as exceptional, it has its original carpets and several new door cards to bring the whole interior up to scratch and is reported to drive as well as it looks.

Mk III Cortinas are a very rare sight these days, especially the up market 2000 XL and more especially the Estate. MOTd until February 2013 this lovely time traveller is ready for the road  all that's required is to find the equally elusive 'Nina' to accompany it!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number056
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2700
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1976
Condition rating0
Registration numberSKG 142R
Mileage-
Chassis numberBABNSK 40791
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)2000
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4