Ford Cortina Lotus (MkII)Advert ID: 41711 To Be Auctioned
One of, we believe, only four factory-finished in Fern Green Metallic
Subject to a bare shell, nut and bolt, 'Rotisserie' restoration during 2015-16 by marque specialists
Purchased by our vendor in 2017. Only 400 miles since its 'Concours' restoration
Registration number '304 ALF' will remain with the car as will its bespoke outdoor car cover
Following on from the enormous success of the Lotus Cortina, in 1967 Ford introduced the Cortina Lotus Mk II (although it was never officially called a MkII by Ford who regarded it as new Ford model as opposed to a Lotus). With the move of production from Norfolk to Dagenham, the marketing team at Ford felt more comfortable with the car being seen as a Ford product rather than a Lotus one, and consequently, the names were reversed. The famous Lotus 1600 twin-cam engine was now developing 109bhp and externally all the cars had a black front grille, steel wheels and Lotus badges on both rear wings and adjacent to the rear number plate. The gearbox ratios remained to 2000E spec, but the final drive was lengthened to 3.77:1 from 3.9:1 and comfort and handling improvements were made with a larger fuel tank and radial tyres.
This car was assembled in Dagenham in early 1969 and, although over a dozen body colours were available for the MkII, the majority, in common with the Mk I, were finished in Ermine White with that characteristic Sherwood Green stripe. This rare car is, we believe, one of only four finished in Fern Green Metallic. First registered in August 1969, it retains its original bodyshell, engine and gearbox.
The car was subject to a bare shell, nut and bolt, 'Rotisserie' restoration during 2015-16 by marque specialists Lotus Outlaws of Birmingham, and finished to Concours standards. The engine, brakes, suspension and all ancillaries were restored/replaced at the same time and the photographs, invoices and details of the restoration in the car's history file demonstrate the time and dedication given to this project. This gleaming Cortina has covered just 400 road miles since completion.
The result today is a first-class restoration that retains lots of originality and should allow it to appreciate over time, as has been the case with the Mk1s over the last 10 years. Purchased by its current owner in 2017 and nicknamed “Alf” after the member of the restoration team who was most involved with the build. When the cherished registration, 304 ALF, became available sometime later it was a natural choice and, pleasingly, it will remain with the car as will its bespoke outdoor car cover.
Registration: 304 ALF
Chassis Number: B891JJ19358
Engine Number: 701M6015BA
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Estimate (£): 25,000 - 30,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
The Autosport International Show Sale takes place on Saturday 12th January 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.
The Autosport International Show Sale Auction Catalogue 2019 admits two people into the auction and viewing. Tickets for the Autosport International Show will also be required and are available for purchase
Viewing of the lots will be available from 09:00 to 18:00 on Thursday 10th / Friday 11th January and from 09:00 to 14:00 on Saturday 12th January 2019.
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 http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/buying.
On each day, the automobilia and watches auctions start at 11am and the car auction starts at 2pm.
For further information please contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691 141.
19 Dec 2013
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