Ask anyone of a certain age and the chances are they will have at some point in their life, had or spent considerable time in a Ford Cortina. Whether it was their own, their dads or anything in between, the Ford Cortina was the car for the everyman and has undoubtedly been a part of many families memories throughout the four generations production spanned. The glorious blue oval showed the world that a practical family car needn’t come at the compromise of style and driving quality.
This 1965 Cortina De Luxe is a wonderful example of the coveted first generation Cortina. With its classic styling and undeniable charm, it's a favourite among Ford collectors and enthusiasts, and the car we have here would certainly be a good fit within those circles. Comprehensively restored by the current owner, it boasts a refurbished 1200 engine and a fresh respray, standing today in truly fine form.
The History and Paperwork
First registered 28/07/1965
Genuine UK, home market car
Purchased by the current owner in late 2005
The car was taken to the vendors (an experienced member of the motor trade) home garage where he set about performing a thorough restoration of the car
Backed by a solid, comprehensive history file
Large selection of invoices for work undertaken and parts bought for both the restoration and general servicing throughout the car’s lifetime
Invoice present for engine work and conversion to run on unleaded fuel
Several photographs of the car’s restoration have been printed and sit with the history file
Accompanied by a collection of previous MOT certificates
Both tax and MOT exempt due to the vehicle’s historic status and age
V5 registration document present
Dry stored throughout current ownership
Nicely presented, largely original Cortina interior in charming blue colour scheme
Impressively well preserved in good clean order throughout
Vendor informs us that the rear bench seating is original and remained untouched during the restoration
Seating throughout is of a good quality and lacks signs of age related marking or excessive wear
Driver and front passenger seat have been recovered
The driver's seat has been propped up on a wooden platform for driver convenience but could easily be reverted back if desired
Door panels have all been reupholstered and fitted with good quality trim and door furniture
White three spoke Cortina steering wheel with protective black cover
New plush navy blue carpeting throughout
New contrasting white headliner
Good quality dash panel which has been recovered and colour changed to a lighter blue
Interior switchgear and controls are highly presentable and look to be in good order
Period Motorola radio which the owner advises still works
Bespoke golf ball gear shifter
Well sized boot area which now houses the relocated battery
Central aftermarket speaker in rear parcel shelf
Classic MK1 Cortina design, a truly iconic shape
Well presented from an aesthetic perspective, in good original form
Resprayed to as close to original light blue that the vendor could source during the extensive restoration process
Complemented with a contrasting gloss white roof
Paint is of a great standard throughout, not in concours condition, but certainly worth of a show display
Fitted with new rear wheel arches prior to respray
Good chrome trim throughout, exhibiting with some light pitting and a gentle patina in places
External lighting and glass work are in fine form
Four white steel wheels reside at ground level with decorative chrome hubcaps fitted
A fifth spare wheel resides in the boot of the car for emergencies
Wing mounted chrome mirrors
1200 engine overhauled during restoration process
Runs on unleaded fuel for added convenience in the modern world
In very clean overall mechanical order, with a highly presentable engine and engine bay
Electronic ignition fitted
Steering and braking system have both been overhauled by the vendor
New axle and gearbox bearings have been fitted
New radiator installed
Fires into life quickly and comfortably
Whilst it has seen limited use post restoration the vendor reports of a good driving experience from the Cortina
Underside appears clean and solid throughout upon inspection
If you grew up in the 1960s the chances are this is a car that brings back fond memories. Perhaps one of the most significant automobiles of all time, certainly here in Britain, the Ford Cortina has safely reserved its place in the automotive hall of fame and is certainly a quality example of Ford in its finest hour.
This 1965 MK1 Cortina is a charming, honest example of where it all started. Having been extensively recommissioned, it now stands today waiting for a new loving home, and will be ready to go right from the first moment of ownership.
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