1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533

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Lot 434
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon
Registration no. AEG 156B Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533

Sold for £ 26,450 (US$ 32,835) inc. premium
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon
Registration no. AEG 156B
Chassis no. Z74D424157
Engine no. LP1533

Footnotes

  • Of 2,894 Mk1 Lotus Cortinas produced, only 64 were built by the factory as Special Equipment models. This rare version’s upgraded specification included semi-race camshafts; larger valves; bigger diameter exhaust system; 115 bhp (up-rated from 105) as indicated by green cam covers; adjustable rear dampers; leather-covered version of the distinctive Lotus wood-rim steering wheel (from April 1964); Irvine ‘aircraft-specification’ seatbelts/harnesses; and unique ‘Special Equipment’ script budge on rear body panel.
    ‘AEG 156B’ was the subject of a lengthy, meticulous and scrupulously correct restoration undertaken between 1993 and 1997 by the talented husband-and-wife team of Duncan and Teresa Tough, while the engine was rebuilt and up-rated by marque specialists Nick Stagg Engineering of Chipping Sodbury, Bristol as part of the restoration. Test results are fully documented, including the dynamometer-tested horsepower rating of the completed unit of 143.8bhp at 7,182rpm.
    The finished car is confirmed as to correct specification by the Lotus Cortina Register and was the subject of a photographic history exercise by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, which had chosen this particular example as the reference model for its archive. After restoration the car was acquired by well-known Lotus Cortina aficionado Trevor Barefoot and during his ownership featured on BBC television’s popular motoring programme Top Gear, transmitted initially on 26th July 2001. The current owner purchased the car from Don Rose in 2003 and since then has used it, albeit gently, for selected rallies.
    Kept in heated/ventilated accommodation while in the vendor’s hands, ‘AEG 156B’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire the ultimate version of this legendary model, which was a true world-beater in its day. A substantial history file documenting its restoration comes with the car, together with Swansea V5 document and a comprehensive photographic record detailing the body/chassis’s painstaking restoration. Nick Stagg’s engine specification sheet and a pristine Lotus Cortina owner’s manual are provided also, as well as a spare set of five refurbished original steel wheels.
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Special Equipment Saloon  Chassis no. Z74D424157 Engine no. LP1533
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