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13 February 2012

50 years of Ford Cortinas

2012 sees the 50th anniversary of the immensely popular Ford Cortina. The Cortina took its name from the Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Apparently several were driven down a bobsled run at the resort, including by racing driver Jim Clark, as a publicity stunt.

The Cortina was Britain’s best-selling car every year between 1972 and 1981 and nearly 2.6 million were sold in Britain alone. I used to have a 1967, 2-door mark 2, 1500 super (pre-crossflow). I had to drive it with the doors locked to keep out all the crazed lady admirers.

One of my brothers had a mark 2, 1600GT (complete with twin choke webbers) which was way faster. He wrote it off and then had a brown mark 4 which was a complete dog.

I really wanted a lotus-engined version, like the one used as a getaway car in the 1963 Great Train Robbery. Anyway, here's a few photos of these design classics:

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 mark 2

 mark 3

 mark 4

 mark 5

Design Classics at SoVibrant www.SoVibrant.co.uk

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