When it comes to the most remembered names in classic motoring, Cortina is up there in the premier league. The family Ford lived through 20 years and four generations – indeed, memories are made of Cortina.
The Mk 2 model was introduced in late 1966, a squared-off, restyled and smarter interpretation of a classic design. Styled by visionary designer Roy Brown, it was years ahead of its time and became a a staple of every street scene in the UK – and beyond.
The beyond here is important, as this one was assembled in South Africa in 1968. It’s a 1600 GT that was bought as a solid and very presentable car, then restored with a few minor modifications including the addition of a four-branch manifold and twin Weber carburettors.
Freshly imported to the UK, it’s in wonderful condition and ready to use and enjoy.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
Recently imported from South Africa
All import duties and NOVA declarations complete
MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
Owner's workshop manuals
Will require first registration in the UK – a very simple process in which the vendor, a former South African resident, is happy to assist and costs less than £100
Black vinyl seats in superb order
Retrimmed dash, dials and carpets
Supplementary rally-style gauges for oil, fuel, water and amperage
Original Ford accessory seat belts
Three-spoke wood-rimmed sports steering wheel
Excellent carpets, door cards and headlining
Bare metal respray in original white
New Minilite-style alloys with brand new Bridgestone Potenza tyres
Spotless underneath, undersealed for British climate
All original badges and trim
1,598cc ‘Kent’ four-pot
Four-speed manual transmission
Twin Weber carburettors
Superb under-bonnet presentation, no signs of rot to inner wings or strut tops
Drives really well with no known issues – we were able to carry out a 20-minute road test of the car and it drove superbly, with good brakes and steering and no untoward noise from the suspension or running gear
If you want a very special classic Ford Cortina then you’ve just found one. This is a wonderful, apparently rot-free example of the classic Mk 2 1600GT freshly imported from a dry climate, and in hugely desirable specification.
It’s a really smart and well-presented car with no apparent problems and ready to show, use or simply drive and make the most of. As Mk2 Cortina go, it’s very much the one to have, and it’s in lovely overall condition.
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1969 Ford Cortina 1600 GT
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