1981 Ford Cortina 1.6 Mk.V (LHD)


  • Full respray in Tuscan Beige
  • Retains many original features
  • Dual Wipac spotlights 

The Appeal

The Ford Cortina needs little introduction. Once the UK's most popular car and sold in abundance. 1979 saw the release of the MKV, some 17 years after the MKI graced our roads. The MKV carried over many of the upgrades from the MKIV, notably the box like exterior styling, while the similar interior was a welcome sight for Cortina owners updating their models. The most notable differences are the front grille, flattened roof and larger glass area, all in the name of improved aerodynamics. Furthermore, improved rust protection over the MKIV means a good amount of MKV's still survive today. Like previous generations, the MKV was also available in a two-door, 4-door and estate format. An impressive feat for the MKV is that although being the fifth rendition of the Cortina, up until 1981 it was still the best-selling car in the UK. With 1982 seeing it slip only to second place!

The History and Paperwork

  • MOT until 19/02/2024 with no advisories
  • Originally registered 29/04/1981
  • First registered in the UK 09/09/2013
  • Believed to be originally sold in Italy and later imported to the UK
  • Less than 2,000 KM covered in the last 9 years
  • Very little service history, independent
  • Points set, ignition timing set, carburettor cleaned and tuned amongst other work carried out 06/2022
  • Selling to make way for another project
  • Recently received a full detail and polish
  • Very good condition overall
  • Kept garaged by current owner when not in use
  • Some miscellaneous items included with the vehicle, silicone hose, hub caps and bottle of Tuscan Beige spray paint

The Interior

  • Interior in good to very good condition overall
  • Original Peat Windsor fabric seats remain in good condition with some water staining to rear bench seat as well as passenger head rest showing some slight damage
  • All door cards present, secure and remain in excellent condition
  • Fabric on all seats free from any rips or tears apart from one very small area at the top of the rear passenger seat
  • Headlining present and secure, remains in very good condition with some minimal marks
  • Dashboard plastics remain in very good condition, lower centre console storage unit missing
  • Carpets present and remain in good to very good condition throughout
  • All interior features reported to function by current owner with the exception of the fuel gauge which can be temperamental at times
  • Boot remains in a good, used condition, full size spare wheel and jack included both in good condition, spare tyre may need replacing due to age and slight perishing of rubber

The Exterior 

  • Received a full respray in Tuscan Beige, paintwork remains in excellent condition overall
  • Small area of paint bubbling present around offside rear wheel arch 
  • 4 Michelin tyres with good tread
  • Matching original alloys remain in very good to excellent condition
  • Brightwork, badges and glass all remain in good to very good condition
  • Recently received a full detail and polish, plastic bumpers have a wonderful shine, small damage present to front bumper
  • Desirable new Wipac dual spotlights mounted to front bumper, not yet wired up nor functioning
  • Rubber seals in fair to good condition with some patch repairs present, notably on the rear windscreen seal
  • Some very minor dents present on the bonnet, offside front quarter and above fuel filler cap but no damage to the paint on these areas

The Mechanics

  • 1593cc 4-cylinder engine reported to run well, absent of any knocking, bangs or smoke
  • Points set, ignition timing set, carburettor cleaned and tuned, rear drum brakes serviced and exhaust re-mounted 06/2022
  • Vehicle reported to accelerate and stop well and in a straight line
  • Engine bay in a clean and tidy used condition, also resprayed in Tuscan Beige to match with exterior
  • Soundproofing under bonnet present and secure, remains in a very good condition overall with only a few small tears
  • Hoses, cables and plastics appear to all remain in very good condition within the engine  bay
  • Underside remains in a very good, used condition


Ford's MKV Cortina would prove to be their last iteration of one of their best sellers. The 4-door saloon variant offered great practicality with plenty of space and became a popular choice with families throughout the nation. This example retains many original features and has been very well looked after by the current owner. Previously receiving a full re-spray in Tuscan Beige, from a distance it certainly catches your eye. A subtle and thoughtful addition are the Wipac spotlights mounted to the front bumper, these give a nod to the sporty pedigree of the Cortina. This is a lovely example in very good condition overall which provides a great opportunity for the next owner to enjoy it furthermore!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1981
  • Make Ford
  • Model Cortina GT Mk.V (LHD)
  • Colour Tuscan Beige
  • Odometer 56,336 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1593
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Thame
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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