1969 Ford Cortina MkII Deluxe Saloon to '1600E' Specification Registration no. LMJ 388G Chassis no. BA93JB03472
Ford first applied the 'Cortina' name to its medium-sized family saloon in 1962, sticking with the tried and tested mechanical formula of front engine/rear wheel drive, McPherson Strut independent front suspension and a live rear axle from the MkI to the MkV. The Cortina's conventional specification did it no harm whatsoever, the model dominating its market sector for 20 years. Introduced in April 1963, the 1500 GT boasted a Cosworth-designed camshaft for increased power (up from 59.5 to 78bhp) and front disc brakes as standard. Top speed was a little over 90mph. In 1966 the Cortina MkII range was introduced on the same platform but boasting a totally redesigned and roomier body. A 1,300cc five-bearing engine replaced the old 1.2-litre unit and then in September 1967 cross-flow cylinder heads were adopted, the larger power plant growing from 1,500 to 1,600cc at the same time. The range of models continued much as before, though the 1600E - effectively a GT with upgraded suspension and an enhanced interior - was a new addition. The cross-flow engine's increased power (88bhp in the GT's case) made the latter a genuine 100mph car. Previously restored, this MkII Cortina was purchased by the current owner in the summer of 2011 and since then has benefited from new seat belts, spotlights and front suspension strut tops, together with a brake overhaul, tachometer repair and an engine tune. Some 107 hours have been spent on the works (full list on file) and £900-worth of parts purchased. Modifications/upgrades to 1600E specification include the seats, wood trim, engine, gearbox, Rostyle wheels, front disc brakes, spotlights and black rear panel. Described as running well, the car is offered with sundry invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2013 (no advisaries) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents.