1965 Lotus Cortina MK1 

A well-travelled Lotus that has retained much originality.

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An original A-frame car built in May 1965. Its first owner was Mr Joe N Dyer of Los Altos, California
He appears to have kept the car until 1981/82, then registered to John Lynch of Millbrae California
Commenced an 8-stage refurbishment in 2013 by VDM Restorations Rangiora, South Island, New Zealand
This process was documented and invoiced ($11,000NZ) with the focus on retaining originality
Very encouraging recent inspection by marque specialist Andy Middlehurst with a 'glowing' report
This is a rare Dagenham-built, pre-airflow car that has remained substantially original
Prior to the sale, will have an oil/ filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd and road tested
The Lotus Cortina came into being because of Ford's decision to step up their motorsport involvement in the early 1960s. Their Head of UK Public Relations, Walter Hayes, spoke to Colin Chapman, asking him to come up with a competitive saloon, using the Cortina as a base, that could be produced in sufficient numbers to satisfy the mandatory 'Group 2' homologation requirements, and with which the Blue Oval could beat all comers. The solution was to take Ford's bullet-proof 1500 Kent engine, fit it with a twin-cam cylinder head, pop it into a stiffened Cortina shell, sort out the suspension and brakes and paint a green stripe down the side. The cars would be built by Lotus at its plant in Cheshunt and marketed through their dealer network as the Ford Cortina Lotus. 
This early Lotus Cortina has recently (June 2019) been inspected by acknowledged marque specialist, Andy Middlehurst, and the full report will be supplied with the car. He confirms that this is a Dagenham built very early 'Airflow' car that has some of the features of the 'pre-airflow' cars. The report is very encouraging so it's probably better to list a few of the relevant points.
The car is fitted with A-bracket rear suspension which is all original apart from the shocks
No anti-tramp brackets confirming it was an A-bracket car
The car has all steel panels. The boot hump is correct and original
Correct quarter bumpers and late rear bumper. Front wings plenished as per production
Chassis plate and Lotus production plate are both original
Front seats, door trims, rear seat, steering wheel, instruments and gear knob all correct for 1965
Correct early engine, original carbs, airbox and servo
The report lists one or two minor items that have been replaced over the years and mentions that the green stripe is not the right shade (should be Sherwood Green) but concludes "Car drives well, could benefit from a tune but the gearbox, engine, brakes and steering are all in good condition."
#59206 is an original A-frame car built in May 1965 and delivered to its first owner Mr Joe N Dyer of Los Altos California by C J Motors the “Authorized English Ford Line Dealer” of Berkeley California. It's unusual to think of a Californian order a little, 4-cylinder, British sporting sedan but he was a bit of an enthusiast judging from the wonderful history file which contains many US registration cards,  the original Dealers Service Policy, and written mileage and fuel logs during Mr Dyer’s ownership. The Registration Cards would suggest that he kept the car until 1981/82 and then it was registered to John Lynch of Millbrae, California.
Little more can be told from the history file from 1982 until the car 59206 appears in Rangiora, South Island, New Zealand in 2013. A company called VDM Restorations Ltd embarked on an eight-stage sympathetic refurbishment as detailed by the invoices in the file totalling nearly NZ$11,000 and, judging by Andy Middlehurst's report, carried out an excellent restoration whilst successfully maintaining most of the car's originality.
This is a well-travelled car with a fascinating history and a recent detailed inspection showing that it is substantially original and in remarkably good order. Prior to the sale, the car will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.

Reference Number 579896

as of 6/18/2019


Lot SA-0014880

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 Phone    City  Towcester
 Fax    State  Northamptonshire
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Car 1965 Lotus Cortina MK1
Registration TBA 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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