1966 Lotus Cortina MK I

type IV


  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    77 900 mi / 125 368 km
  • Car type 
  • Chassis number 
  • Engine number 
  • Reference number 
    Lotus model 28
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Interior colour 
  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Performance 
    115 BHP / 117 PS / 86 kW
  • Drivetrain 
  • Fuel type 


This is a very correct and original Lotus Cortina Mark 1 that was first sold in California. The Type IV models were LHD and had a full front bumper, different dash, and S/E engine with 115hp, along with other minor changes in trim and produced from October 1965-August 1966.

The previous owner had the car in a large collection in the San Francisco area for over 30 years. There is no rust or damage and there is no evidence of any rust or damage repair. The exterior appears to have been painted years ago and the paint is still in excellent condition overall. The interior is original and excellent, as is the glass, chrome, and aluminum trim. The engine bay is correct and in original paint with the service decal on the firewall still in good condition. The trunk is original with the proper Lotus hump in the floor above the axle. Period Mini-lite wheels are mounted with new Pirelli Cinturato 185/70Rx13 tires. The odometer shows 77,900 miles which appears to be correct based on documentation and the overall condition of the car.

This Lotus has been well cared for with service records back to 1990. Recent work includes a full service and tune with compression readings of 200psi/cylinder. We recently removed the front struts and replaced the upper strut mount bushings; rebuilt both lower ball joints; tightened the rear suspension points; reworked the shift linkage and throttle cable; replaced the front brake hoses and bled the brakes.
This Lotus has been enjoyed on a number of short rallies in the Santa Barbara area and is totally sorted.