"The second incarnation of the Cortina was designed by Roy Haynes and was launched on 18th October 1966. Following on from the enormous success of the Lotus Cortina Mk. I, Ford introduced the Cortina-Lotus Mk. II in 1967 with the famous Lotus Twin Cam engine now giving 109bhp. Ford renamed the Lotus version the Cortina-Lotus, due to its manufacture at Ford's Dagenham plant in Essex. This came about through their move from Cheshunt to Hethel in 1966. As an aside, the well-known stripe that adorns the Ford Cortina-Lotus models was never applied by the factory and was made a dealer option only.
This Lotus Cortina is part of a private collection and has been dry stored for most of its life. Originally registered in November 1969, this car presents well in the rarer colour, for this model, of red with an additional gold stripe and black vinyl seats. This Twin Cam from Dagenham is described by the vendor as being in good condition and that she has seen very little use in recent years. This MoT exempt Cortina is offered to auction with a V5C registration document. The Lotus Cortina earned an awesome reputation in its day and CLE 459H represents an opportunity to acquire an iconic piece of motoring history."