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Ford Lotus Cortina FIA Race Car

Advert ID: 40284 To Be Auctioned

Advert Began: Jan 25, 2018, 10:10
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The Lotus Cortina came into being because of Ford's decision to step up their motorsport involvement in the early 1960s. Their Head of UK Public Relations, Walter Hayes spoke to Colin Chapman, asking him to come up with a competitive saloon, using the Cortina as a base, that could be produced in sufficient numbers to satisfy the mandatory 'Group 2' homologation requirements, and with which the Blue Oval could beat all comers. The solution was to take Ford's bullet-proof 1500 Kent engine, fit it with a twin-cam cylinder head, pop it into a stiffened Cortina shell, sort out the suspension and brakes and paint a green stripe down the side. The cars would be built by Lotus at its plant in Cheshunt and marketed through their dealer network as the Ford Cortina Lotus. Once fully developed, the Lotus Cortinas (as they quickly became known) absolutely shone on track driven by household names including Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Jackie Ickx, Roger Clark and many, many more.

This particular Lotus Cortina is a well-known example that has enjoyed a long competitive racing career. It was professionally built and developed in 2004 from a correct genuine early 'A-frame' Lotus Cortina and was campaigned for two years in the FIA Historic Touring Car Series before being purchased by our vendor. During its long racing career, the car has been under constant development to ensure it remains competitive and has been maintained regardless of cost. International outings have been rewarded with some great results including a visit to Spa Francorchamps in 2016 when this rapid Lotus charted a 3:07 lap and placed 9th amongst its peers.

The build spec is too long to list here but includes all alloy panels, magnesium wheels, a Quaiffe straight-cut gearbox with steel synchro, 4.4cwp with a Tranex limited slip differential in a strengthened back axle with uprated half shafts, and 'A-bracket' rear suspension. The engine was built by Nick Stagg and has completed just 650 miles since its last rebuild.

In possession of a new-style current FIA Historic Technical Passport valid until 31/12/24 it's also accompanied by a number of invoices for engine work, some older 'dyno' sheets, and pleasingly, its original 'Buff ' Log Book confirming it to be a genuine early Lotus Cortina.The car also comes complete with a wealth of spares, again too long to detail here, but feel free to contact Silverstone Auctions to obtain a full list.

This lovely example presents a fantastic opportunity to be in thick of it on one of the most competitive and well-supported grids in historic motorsport at an approachable cost.

A well-known example that has enjoyed a long competitive racing career
New-style current FIA Historic Technical Passport valid until 31/12/24
Detailed build spec on our website
Constantly developed to ensure it remains competitive and maintained regardless of cost
A large quantity of spares (list available)

Registration: BAW 433A
Chassis Number: Z74C061189
Engine Number: N/A
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1558cc
Year of Manufacture: 1963
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 55,000 - 65,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The Race Retro Competition Car Sale will take place at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LG (map/directions).

The lots can be viewed at the following times:

Friday 23rd February 2018 09:30 - 14:30

The auction will take place as follows:

Friday 23rd February 2018 14:30

Bidding at the auction can be done either in person by attending the sale, by telephone, by leaving a commission bid or live, online via Proxibid. Full details of registration requirements and a buying guide can be found on the Silverstone Auctions website (

IMPORTANT NOTE : Silverstone Auctions customers are directed to enter through gate 1 only. All guests are required to register for the auction via this link : and entrance to the auction will be by catalogue only (£20 on the door).

Should you also wish to attend the Race Retro event, tickets can be purchased via

For further information about The Race Retro Classic Car Sale, contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691 141.

Seller Info

Silverstone Auctions

Member Since:
19 Dec 2013

Ashorne, Warks, CV35 0AA

Phone: +44 1926 691141

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