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FIA Ford Lotus Cortina MK1

Advert ID: 42004 To Be Auctioned

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FIA Lotus Cortina, built to a very high standard after an extensive restoration

Superbly presented in Alan Mann colours. 13" Minilites with period Dunlop Racing Tyres

George Wadsworth-built, Appendix 'K' Lotus 1558cc DOHC on 45 DCOE Webers

Ford, steel-cased, straight cut dog box. All safety equipment within expiry date

Eligible for and ready to compete in a variety of prestige events

The Lotus Cortina's serendipitous arrival resulted directly from 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 their mainstream 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 Cortina's (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 Lotus Cortina MK1 has been completely stripped and a full nut and bolt restoration was carried out to the highest of standards using the best available components to ensure a competitive car. Equipped with a fresh, George Wadsworth-built, Lotus 1558cc DOHC wet-sump unit, with an electric fuel pump, built to FIA Appendix 'K' specification on 45 DCOE Webers (Dyno sheets available). The engine is mated to a Ford steel-cased, straight-cut 'Dog Box'. It sits on 13-inch Minilite Alloy Wheels shod with a set of period Dunlop Racing Tyres and we understand all the safety equipment, extinguisher, cage, seat, tank, harness etc is FIA approved and within expiry date. Finished in a Red and Gold, Alan Mann-style livery, the Lotus is incredibly smart with a standard of finish not often seen on a competition car.

Ready to compete in a variety of prestige events such as the U2TC, Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars and 3-hours, HSCC Historic Touring Cars, the Classic Sports Car Club, the Spa Six-hrs, Silverstone Classic etc., this lovely example presents a fantastic opportunity to be in thick of it on some of the most competitive and well-supported grids in Historic Motorsport at an approachable cost.

Chassis Number: Z74CO65856 8
Engine Number: 120E6015
Number of cylinders: four
CC: 1558
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Estimate (£): 48,000 - 54,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The Race Retro Classic Car Sale will take place at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LG (map/directions).

The lots can be viewed at the following times:

Friday 22nd February 2019 09:30 - 17:00

Saturday 23rd February 2019 09:30 - 11:00 (Automobilia, Lifestyle & Watches) 09:30 - 13:30 (Classic Cars)

Sunday 24th February 2019 09:30 - 11:00 (Automobilia, Lifestyle & Watches) 09:30 - 13:30 (Classic Cars)

The auctions will take place as follows:

Automobilia, Lifestyle & Watches Saturday 23rd February 11:00

Classic Cars Saturday 23rd February 14:00

Automobilia, Lifestyle & Watches Sunday 24th February 11:00

Motorcycles & Classic Cars Sunday 24th February 14:00

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 (

To access the auction without visiting Race Retro, please register your details via this link : and then on the day enter the event via gate 1 only.

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 from

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

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Silverstone Auctions

Member Since:
19 Dec 2013

Ashorne, Warks, CV35 0AA

Phone: +44 1926 691141

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