Tue, 21st Feb 2006 0:00

The Centaur

 
  Lot 71
 
Lot 71 - 1965 Ford Cortina Lotus

1965 Ford Cortina Lotus

Sold for £16,875

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: EYC124C
Chassis No: BA74EU59043
Mot Expiry: March 2007

The Dagenham-made Ford Cortina was launched in 1962, though initially only with 1198 or 1498cc engine options for the nation's sales reps. Motor sports enthusiasts started taking the model seriously, though, when the 83bhp Cortina GT with disc brakes at the front started to appear to great effect and in large numbers on rallies. One of the first to star in the model was the great and late Roger Clark, who went on to become a Ford works team driver and a winner of the RAC Rally. Outright wins by Cortina-equipped rally drivers became common, the model becoming even more successful when the 105bhp Lotus twin cam powered model entered Ford dealer showrooms.
We are very pleased to offer, what is becoming a rare sight these in so far as this is a totally original car, with all the correct numbers, and all that has happened is that it has been completely restored to its former glory by it engineer owner of some 18 years. The work was completed in 1992 and the history file contains logbooks and old MOT certificates dating back to 1978. It comes with the 'A' frame rear suspension, coil springs and the 'Works' braced rear axle and the limited slip differential and the alloy gearbox case, diff case and bellhousing are all correct and original.
Finished in the correct Ermine White and Sherwood Green paintwork with black vinyl trim it has the standard Lotus twin-cam engine with two choke Weber carburettors. The correct and comprehensive instruments all work and the original woodrim steering wheel is also in evidence as is the 'Lotus wins '65 Indianapolis' badge on the console as fitted to all 1965/66 cars. The optional but entirely correct magnesium 'Minilite' wheels are in evidence with an aluminium spare.
This is exactly as you would wish to find one of these early 'A' frame Mark 1's with all the correct fittings for the 'airflow' model and all matching numbers. Add to that the current MOT until March and road fund licence until June and you have one you surely can't miss. An almost guaranteed blue-chip investment.

SALEROOM NOTICE

PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY RON HICKMAN OBE FCSD (DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF LOTUS CARS LTD 1959 - 1967) THAT JUDGING FROM THE CATALOGUE PHOTO THIS PARTICULAR LOTUS CORTINA WOULD INDEED APPEAR TO RETAIN ITS FACTORY-FITTED WOOD-RIMMED 'SPRINGRIM' STEERING WHEEL. WHILE, THIS ITEM IS FURTHER PROOF OF THE CAR'S ORIGINALITY, MR HICKMAN POINTS OUT THAT 'SPRINGRIM' WHEELS HAD A NASTY TENDENCY TO SHATTER IN THE EVENT OF A COLLISION (HENCE THE REASON THAT LATER LOTUS CORTINAS SWITCHED TO A FOAM PADDED, METAL-RIMMED STEERING WHEEL). AS SUCH, HE, "STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT THE ORIGINAL WHEEL BE PUT ON ICE AND ANOTHER ONE FITTED - PROBABLY EVEN IF THE NEW OWNER UNFAILING WEARS SEAT BELTS". WE ARE GRATEFUL TO MR HICKMAN FOR HIS ADVICE AND CONCERN IN THIS MATTER.
 

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Auction: The Centaur, Tue, 21st Feb 2006

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