Mk1 Ford Cortinas are positively my favorite of the breed, however I’ve a delicate spot for the Mk2. After I was rising up you continue to noticed a good few of those knocking round. They at all times appeared to be the scraggy ones, owned by blokes who’d clearly handed their take a look at just lately and these had been an affordable set of wheels. Oh, how instances change, eh? This meant they had been normally sporting a Cherry Bomb and almost at all times varied shades on the surface.
Most of the time the shade could be gray primer. And that may be interspersed with patches of smoothed-down filler, indicating a longed-for repaint that was, virtually actually, by no means coming. However they nonetheless seemed cool. Properly, cool to my younger and impressionable eyes. If I seemed again via my old skool train books, I’ve little doubt that there could be extra doodles of Cortinas than anything. At all times with a CB radio aerial sprouting from the boot, as a result of everybody who was anybody had a type of again then.
My next-door neighbour, who was a couple of years older than I, had an H-reg 1600E – the identical 12 months because the automotive featured right here. His wasn’t primer-coloured, although. His was purple. Properly, reddish – it was greater than a bit pale and sporting a black Everfex roof. It was additionally eternally needing some type of restore, so it was, in any goal sense, an previous nail, however I assumed it was the chuffing bee’s knees. My God I liked it, and I liked coming out to ‘assist’ him do jobs, which, wanting again, was in all probability extra of a hindrance. However there I used to be, pumping the brake pedal to bleed the brakes after becoming a brand new grasp cylinder, or aiding with slotting the engine again in after one more rebuild.
The roles had been many and diversified, as you possibly can think about, and it was an enormous a part of bolstering my already burgeoning love of vehicles. And if I shut my eyes, even now, I can nonetheless scent the inside. That particular old-car scent; the mixture of vinyl and carpet, harbouring 20 years of odours from a life properly lived, mixed with hints of used engine oil and petrol. It sounds disgusting, does not it? But it surely’s in all probability the very best scent on this planet.
So I used to be very completely happy to see a Mk2 Cortina 1600E pop up within the classifieds immediately. It’s not my superb color, admittedly, and I’d a lot slightly see it sporting a set of Rostyle wheels, however you possibly can’t have all the pieces. Particularly relating to previous and uncommon vehicles. And Mk2 1600Es are surprisingly uncommon today. I assumed extra would’ve survived however, in line with howmanyleft.co.uk, there are simply 466 remaining and solely 305 of these are taxed. Does that make £19k for this one appear cheap? I imply, it’s a quick Ford in spite of everything. Admittedly, not one which’s really very fast, however it’s quick in identify at the very least. And in contrast with a Mk1 or Mk2 Escort with any type of sporting pretence, it’s half to two-thirds the value.
It is a correct traditional, too. It’s obtained spotlights and many chrome outdoors, and inside there’s wooden and plenty of dials – together with the additional voltmeter that’s tucked away behind the steering wheel. It’ll be an occasion to take out too as a result of it’s thus far faraway from immediately’s anodyne packing containers. It additionally seems to be in good situation, and the advert actually describes a automotive that’s been liked deeply by its varied custodians over time. This one even obtained that respray again in 1990, not like the various others I keep in mind from my youth.
Specification | Mk2 Ford Cortina 1600E
Engine: 1,599cc, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated
Transmission: four-speed handbook, rear-wheel drive
Energy (hp): 88 @ 5,400rpm
Torque (lb ft): 97 @ 3,600rpm
Recorded mileage: 44,000
Yr registered: 1970
Value new: N/A
Yours for: £19,995