1968 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk2


  • Won the 1994 and 1995 BARC/CSCC British Championship
  • Was runner up in further two post 1966 historic BARC/CSCC British championships
  • Raced at all the major circuits in the UK, along with Spa, Le Mans and other circuits abroad.
  • Dry stored in circa 2010 and only recently recommissioned 
  • Only covered a couple of track days at Goodwood since the engine rebuild by Paul Exon
  • Converted to race spec from new

The Appeal

Introduced in 1963, the Ford Lotus Cortina - or the far more convoluted ”Consul Cortina developed by Lotus” - was always going to be a dead cert for the market. With its slightest twinge of American styling, an evocative coachline and boxy cabin, the Lotus Cortina was packed full of performance parts and practically lived and breathed racing acumen.

If you need proof this legendary ability, let us introduce this little marvel. Possibly the most successful Lotus Cortina MK2 in the country, this car was refitted to race spec from day one and has spent a very successful life on the track. The BARC/CSCC championship, Spa, Le Mans, Goodwood - you name it, this car has probably done it and picked up a certificate.

Dry stored for the past twelve years, this remarkable Cortina has been recently recommissioned and rebuilt by the legendary Paul Exon, and now comes to us ready and waiting to hit the circuit again, carrying a tantalising patina from a truly unique, storied life on the tarmac.

Of course, if you feel it's time for this stored car to enter a leisurely retirement, it's also completely road-legal and eminently drivable.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1968
  • Rebuilt to competition spec from new
  • The DVLA records 2 previous keepers
  • Probably the most successful MKII in the country with plenty of podiums under its belt
  • This is all recorded in a monumental paperwork file
  • Dry stored for 12 years from 2010 onwards
  • Recently recommissioned and rebuilt by the legendary Paul Exon
  • It was runner up a further 2 times in the post 1966 BARC/CSCC British Championship
  • Complete with:
    • V5c document
    • A stack of scrutineer cards
    • Paperwork for the Post-Historic Touring-Car Championship
    • Numerous signed and dated photographs
    • Stack of paperwork for The Classic Saloon Car Club of GB
    • Plenty of other records, letters, certificates and paperwork, all arranged into manilla folders

The Condition

  • Those classic Cortina lines are still proudly on display
  • Bodywork has been strengthened
  • No sign of any major damage - only spots of 'battle scar' from the car's racing heritage
  • Paintwork, as a result, is careworn, but this only adds to the car's racing authenticity
  • Original racing stickers, appliques, lamps and tow hook installed
  • Fitted with very good Yokohama A048’s on Revolution comp wheels
  • Underside is largely clean with age-commensurate wear
  • Internally, the car has been prepped for the track with numerous weight-saving measures
  • Seats and belts are road legal but will need renewing for racing regs
  • Roll cage looks in fine fettle but will require inspection
  • Floors appear solid with no perforating corrosion
  • All instruments are clear and legible
  • Toggle switches still in good order
  • Car comes on new JBW 6.0 X 13 STEELS fitted with new 185/60R13 80H Yokohama Tyre Pattern A539

The Mechanics

  • Twin-cam 1557cc engine
  • Circa 180+ BHP on 45 webers and Luminition
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • Built in fire eater system.
  • Quaife LSD
  • C/R box
  • Highly tuned suspension
  • Engine little used since Paul Exon full rebuild
  • It has a remote brake servo fitted.
  • We understand the car to be in excellent working order
  • We've no reports of any mechanical issues and by all accounts it's ready to drive away

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Ford
  • Model Cortina
  • Colour White
  • Odometer
  • Engine size 1600
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Nottingham
  • Location Nottinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
24 bids
  • mi•••• £19,000 11/06/24
  • je•••• £18,750 11/06/24
  • mi•••• £18,500 11/06/24
  • je•••• £18,250 11/06/24
  • mi•••• £18,000 11/06/24
  • je•••• £17,750 11/06/24
  • mi•••• £17,500 11/06/24
  • je•••• £17,250 11/06/24
  • mi•••• £17,000 11/06/24
  • go•••• £16,500 11/06/24
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