1965 Lotus Cortina MK I


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1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Competition
Chassis no. BA74EG59563

One of only 3,306 MkI Lotus Cortinas produced between 1963 and 1966, this example was built in August 1965 at the Dagenham factory. Within the history file is a FIA Historic Vehicle Passport dated September 1990, which states that the Cortina was restored in 1989 and contains various photographs and details of the car from that period. There is also a more recent MSA Historic Technical Passport dated July 2008 for FIA class: CT8, period: F - 1962 to 1965. An engine dynamometer printout is available also, showing the maximum output as an impressive 162bhp.

Between 2006 and 2009 the car was driven by Mr Richard Lawson in such events/venues as the Grand Prix De L'Age d'Or at Dijon, Spa 6 Hours, and Knockhill. There are numerous lap charts and set-up data sheets dating from this period recording suspension settings, session times, race results, etc - the car being looked after by Martin Stretton Racing, Worcestershire.

The car is finished the iconic Lotus works-entry colour scheme of Ermine White and Sherwood Green. Following many years of on-track use, the bodyshell and paintwork have acquired a charming 'competition car' patina. However, we are advised that there are no major rust issues to be found, and all the alloy panels are still present and correct.

As one would expect, the interior is to competition specification complete with roll cage, Cobra Evolution racing seat, Luke 4-point safety harness, and a period-style Moto-Lita steering wheel. For weight saving purposes the passenger seat has been removed, while a lightweight racing battery has been fitted together with a fire extinguisher in the foot well.

The Cortina is equipped with the original 1,558cc Lotus/Ford Twin-Cam wet-sump engine, which breathes via twin Weber carburettors fed by an electrical fuel pump. We are advised that the four-speed synchromesh gearbox feels tight and precise to operate throughout the gears and rev range. The wheels are 13" Minilite-style alloys finished in silver, shod with a matching set of period-style Dunlop racing tyres with plenty of tread remaining.