Ford Cortina Lotus Mk2 1967 to 1970
Ford's best selling saloon, homologated for racing with the Lotus twin-cam engine. Manufactured from 1967 to 1970. Originally fitted with a 165SR13 radial.
In 1966 Ford released the Cortina Mk2, a reskinned version of its million-selling predecessor the Cortina Mk1. There were 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines, with options including an automatic gearbox, column gearchange and bench front seat. Buyers could choose between base, Deluxe, Super and GT trims, then in 1967 Ford expanded the range with a Cortina Mk2 estate and the Ford Cortina Lotus. At the same time 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre Crossflow engines replaced the earlier units.
One of the most sought after Cortina Mk2s of all arived in September 1967, the 1600E, with 1600GT mechanicals and Lotus-spec suspension. Equipment included a walnut dash and door cappings, along with comprehensive instrumentation.
In 1968 the Cortina Series 2 was launched, with a remote gearchange for all models and reclining seats available as an option (but standard on the 1600E) – there was also a new dash and revised seats. Production of the Cortina Mk2 lasted until August 1970 when the Cortina Mk3 took over.