1965 Ford Cortina De Luxe


  • Extensively recommissioned
  • Desirable MK1 Cortina
  • Engine overhauled and runs on unleaded fuel
  • Same owner since 2005
  • ULEZ Exempt 

The Appeal

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

The Interior

  • 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

The Exterior

  • 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

The Mechanics

  • 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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make Ford
  • Model Cortina
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 93,448 Miles
  • Engine size 1198
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 9 bidders
  • ja•••• £6,100 20/09/23
  • Da•••• £6,000 20/09/23
  • ja•••• £5,900 20/09/23
  • Da•••• £5,800 20/09/23
  • Da•••• £5,700 20/09/23
  • 42•••• £5,000 20/09/23
  • sh•••• £4,800 20/09/23
  • 42•••• £4,700 20/09/23
  • ma•••• £4,500 20/09/23
  • an•••• £4,000 19/09/23

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