1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154
Lot 91* N
1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. BA74EP59154
£ 40,000 - 50,000
US$ 51,000 - 64,000

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1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon  Chassis no. BA74EP59154
1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. BA74EP59154

* Rare early 'A-Frame' model
* Restored in the 1980s and 2010s
* Substantial history file
* Currently registered in Guernsey

Footnotes

  • Delivered new on 1st June 1965, the highly desirable Lotus Cortina offered here is an early coil-sprung 'A-Frame' model featuring the characteristic taller hump in the floor to accommodate the differential (leaf springs and twin radius arms were standard on later cars). The Lotus Cortina Register has confirmed that this car has been inspected and found to be a genuine Lotus Cortina with correct chassis and registration numbers (see letter on file).

    Very well known in Lotus Cortina circles, this car used to be the pride and joy of the Mark I Ford Cortina Club's ex-chairman, Mike Pratt. During Mr Pratt's ownership, it was extensively restored over a four-year period in the mid-1980s, and after completion featured in an article published in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars (October 1988 edition, copy on file). The most substantial history file contains numerous invoices and photographs recording the car's progression from a bare shell to the finished article, together with bills, V5/V5C documents, MoT certificates, and original letters and paperwork recording details of the six previous owners. A rare original Lotus Cortina owner's handbook and a letter from Lotus's Customer Service Department are present also.

    In 2009, the car was purchased by the immediately preceding owner, and a few years later was once again restored to a high standard. Commencing in May 2012, the process was begun by stripping off all exterior trim, windows, badges, and bumpers. The sills, inner/outer wheelarches, and door skins were then replaced, and the entire bodyshell refinished with three coats of primer and three coats of Ford Ermine White. Numerous photographs and a video of the most recent work are recorded on an accompanying USB stick.

    The car presents in beautiful condition today, boasting very good panel fit and shiny paintwork, while the original interior features a period-correct Lotus Cortina steering wheel. Very tidy, the boot contains a correct spare wheel and an extremely rare original Lotus Cortina jack and period tools. The engine bay too is very tidy. Said to drive very well, this car has been cherished by knowledgeable Lotus Cortina enthusiasts, who used only original parts during both of the aforementioned restorations. The current vendor purchased the car in 2016, and it is currently registered in Guernsey.

    Good specimens of the sought-after early 'A-Frame' Lotus Cortina are increasingly hard to find, and this lovingly restored example is worthy of the closest inspection.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the car's previous registration number "ELW 522C" is still registered with the DVLA and may be recoverable.
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