Ford Lotus Cortina - SOLD
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This car is in preview on The Market website. The auction will be live soon. Price is a lower estimate.
All bidding takes place on The Market (see photos for web address), plus you will find further text, over 90 photos/video fully illustrating the car and its service history, and the ability to ask questions directly to the seller. The text below is just a brief summary of our full description.
It’s thought this 1966 Lotus Cortina, one of the leaf-sprung ‘Airflow’ models, was converted from roadgoing specification to racing duties at least twenty years ago - there’s an extensive file of old race results in the car’s thick history folder. In more recent times, it’s been upgraded to the point where it now represents the ultimate spec for an Appendix K Lotus Cortina.
The cosmetic and structural condition is hard to fault, too. Recent restorative panel work and new paint has left it looking very fresh, while the engine has only 90 minutes of running since its last rebuild by a noted Twin-Cam expert. It has an FIA Historic Technical Passport that’s good until 2026 and it’s ready to race tomorrow.
The vendor deals in classic cars. He acquired the car in 2020 from a friend as part of a deal with an Elan Sprint DHC, and has not used it since - well, no-one’s done much racing since Covid struck, have they? The car has been kept in a covered trailer and just needs a new owner, a track and a starting flag.
The panel fit, paint finish and general condition is more in line with a show-field beauty than a rough and tough racing car, thanks to a re-paint in 2019. It’s almost too nice to contemplate swapping paint with Mk 2 Jags at 110mph, but then you remember what this car is for, and you get over it…
The high shine allows you to inspect the flanks and surface panels for ripples and dings and we couldn’t find anything to catch the eye, even on the alloy doors, bonnet and boot. Wheelarch lips and gutters are crisp, panel seams look as good as new, body swage lines are as well-defined as they should be.
The car wears nice (but not concours) 13-inch Minilite-type wheels with treaded Dunlop Racing GR65 tyres. It’s de-bumpered, of course, with both the grille and the grille surround painted black. A spare grille comes with the car. The bonnet pins hold the bonnet snugly in place and the obligatory external ignition kill-switch is on the corner of the scuttle in front of the driver. The boot is closed by rubber T-pulls.
It looks a very clean, sharp example with an excellent shell.
Please note that the text above is just a brief summary of our listing. Please click on the link below, or visit The Market website for the complete description plus at least 100 photos and videos fully illustrating the car and its service history. All bidding occurs through our website, and our website listing is the best place to ask questions directly to the seller.
The vehicle can be viewed with us in Abingdon, South Oxfordshire.
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