Cortina V8 Ford
An early 1970s Cortina with a factory-fitted V8? Surely this one falls into the category of tell ’em they’re dreamin’, son! Actually, not quite.
Back in 1971 Ford Australia was riding the crest of a wave of performance car-led prosperity with the Falcon GT-HO as spearhead. In its bid to stay ahead of the curve, Ford gave consideration to replacing its hottest Falcon with a V8-powered TC Cortina, in readiness for the impending arrival of, firstly, Holden’s V8 Torana XU-1 and then the similar-sized LH model Torana V8 challenger.
This was a story AMC told way back in issue #22 after the discovery of confidential factory document that provided a rare insight into the numerous ideas being discussed at Ford during that turbulent time. Had these ideas been
Ford Australia’s product planners gave consideration to a TC Cortina V8. While it didn’t follow through on bringing this car to life, one enthusiast has.