1964 Lotus Cortina MK ISOLD

Lotus Cortina MK I

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RHD Saloon
Ford Lotus Cortina 1964 Appendix K period F 1962-65 FIA Class CT8 The start of the Lotus Cortina story begins around 1961, when the best of Ford and Lotus got together. Colin Chapman had been looking to build his own engines for Lotus for quite some time (mainly because the Coventry Climax unit was so expensive). Colin Chapmans chance came when he commissioned Harry Mundy (close friend, designer of the Coventry Climax engine and technical editor for The Autocar to design a twin-cam version of the Ford Kent engine. Most of the development of the engine was done on the 997 cc and 1,340 cc bottom end, but in 1962 Ford released the 116E five bearing 1,499 cc engine and work centred on this. It is worth noting at this point what an important part Keith Duckworth from Cosworth had to play in tuning of the engine. The engines 1st appearance was in 1962 at the Nurburgring in a Lotus 23 driven by the legend, Jim Clark. Almost as soon as the engine was used in production cars Lotus Elan it was recalled and replaced with a larger capacity unit (82.55 mm bore to give 1,558 cc). This was done to get the car closer to the 1.6 litre capacity class in motorsport. Whilst the engine was being developed Walter Hayes (Ford) was on a major motorsport drive and asked Colin Chapman if he would fit the engine to 1,000 Ford saloons for Group 2 homologation. Colin Chapman quickly accepted, although it must have been very busy in the Cheshunt plant what with the Elan about to be launched. The speed at which things started moving is incredible by todays standards the Type 28 *or* Lotus-Cortina *or* Cortina-Lotus (as Ford liked to call it) was born. Ford supplied the 2-door Cortina body shells and took care of all the marketing and selling of the cars, whilst Lotus did all the mechanical and cosmetic changes. The major changes involved installing the 1,558 cc (105 bhp (78 kW/106 PS)) motor, together with the same close ratio gearbox as the Elan. The rear suspension was drastically altered and lightweight alloy panels were used for doors, bonnet and boot. Also lightweight casing were fitted to gearbox and diff. All the Lotus factory cars were white with a green stripe (although Ford built some for racing in red, and one customer had a dark blue stripe due to being superstitious about green). The cars also received front quarter bumpers and round Lotus badges were fitted to rear wings and to the right side of the radiator panel (from the drivers position). Racing To homologate the car for Group 2, 1000 were required to be built in 1963, and the car was duly homologated in September 1963. In the same month, in the cars first outing, in the Oulton Park Gold Cup, the car finished 3rd and 4th behind two Ford Galaxies but beat the 3.8 litre Jaguars which had been dominant in saloon car racing for so long. Soon Ford were running cars in Britain, Europe, and the USA, with Team Lotus running cars in Britain for Ford, and Alan Mann Racing running cars in Europe, also on behalf of Ford. Lotus-Cortina''s turned out to be able to beat most anything except the 7 litre V8 Ford Galaxies, and later in the piece, Ford Mustangs We are pleased to offer today this exceptional 1964 Lotus Cortina having been built to the highest standards,restored as new over a period of 4 years required for International racing, weighing in at skinny 760 klgs and fitted a very competitive FIA " Nick Stagg" 1594 cc race engine (ú9,000) the body shell has had a very comprehensive rebuild, all Alloy panels, it retains it,s original A bracket rear suspension with coil over dampers, magnesium wheels and is offered turn key ready to race. It is supplied with the following.... Historic Technical Passport # GB 7145 July 2008 Green logbook, New Style Logbook, many invoices and picture file, for any serious racer who wants to have an international car today this has has to be seriously considered as it represents real value against building such from scratch cost considrably more.

Reference Number 36021

as of 12/22/2008

Car 1964 Lotus Cortina MK I
Exterior / Interior Color White 
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