Classic Ford - - CON­TENTS -

From: South Africa Car: Mk3 Cortina “I bought the Cortina from an el­derly gen­tle­man, and I am the sec­ond owner,” says Neville. “When we re­ceived the car it was in a bad state as it stood out­side and the el­e­ments got the worst of it.The vinyl top was dam­aged so we opted to do away with it. We de­cided to do a full restora­tion. We man­aged to match the orig­i­nal colour, the in­te­rior was stripped out and we opted for gen­uine leather.”

“The car was au­to­matic so we de­cided to con­vert to man­ual, and it now has a five-speed gear­box — the en­gine was un­touched, we just re­placed the valve cov­ers and air fil­ter.

“All the work was done en­tirely by my fam­ily and I, with many late nights and tonnes of hours. We are very proud of our achieve­ment, and I would like to thank my wife and kids for all their sup­port.”

Mk3 is rid­ing high once again. Neville James

Es­sex just needed a clean.

Leather now adorns the Mk3’s in­te­rior.

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