1965 Lotus Cortina MK I

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    454
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

A 1965 1600 Twincam originally built to 90s ICS Historic Touring Car regulations Fully rebuilt by renowned historic preparations experts Barwell Motorsport in 2016. Only shake down mileage since Impressive specification and good spares package, including a spare rebuilt Twincam engine Eligible for a variety of events and offered at a very competitive guide priceThe 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 overhead-camshaft 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 Ford dealer network as the Consul Cortina developed by Lotus which was the correct title for the new car and a title that graced all the launch brochures. Once fully developed, the Lotus Cortinas (as they quickly became known) absolutely shone on track driven by household names including Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Jackie Ickx, Roger Clark and many, many more.On offer here is 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina 1600 Twincam that was built to the 1990s ICS Historic Touring Car Series regs (homologation number 5018). Presented in the iconic Red/Gold Alan Mann/Ford team colours this car was extensively rebuilt (excluding external repaint) by the top historic preparation experts, Barwell Motorsport, in 2016. A dyno and shake down is all thats been done since this extensive rebuild.The Specification is listed below: Chassis/Shell Seam-welded with modified suspension pickup points, repainted inside and engine bay Bodywork Lightweight fibreglass bonnet, boot and doors Lightweight Perspex side windows, door windows and rear screen Full FIA roll cage Period Dash/Performance Dial Cluster Engine fully rebuilt, inc high-spec pistons, rods, crank, high lift cams, and ported. Dynod at 161 BHP (see separate build sheet for details) Full dry-sump lubrication system with boot mounted oil tank. Fabricated race-spec exhaust manifold and system. Alloy, boot-mounted fuel tank Suspension Leda Front struts, Penske rear coil-overs. Brakes, twin adjustable AP master cylinders, vented front discs Rear axle 5-link, LSD, with rear discs and AP calipers Transmission Quaife 5- speed 'dog box' Clutch AP Twin plate Fire Extinguisher system - Lifeline OMP Head restraint. Composite Race Seat, OMP 6-Point race harness Minilite 15 plus 12x Minilite 13 sparesIncluded with the price of the car is a fully rebuilt, FIA Lotus Twincam engine (inc. carbs), Quaife gearbox, and 12 x 13 Minilite wheel rims. We are informed this particular car is elgible for a variety of high quality events such as the CSCC Swinging Sixties Championship, sprints, hill climbs and 'modified saloons'.Offered at a very sensible guide price, considering whats included in this package, this is a fantastic opportunity to join well supported grids at an approachable cost.