Readers’ projects and restorations.
From: UK Cars: Mk1 Cortina , Anglia 105E “My Dad started driving in an era when the Fords that we regard today as classics were merely old bangers. Amazingly, he still has his very first car — a Mk1 Cortina GT replica which he has kept and never sold for the past 42 years! His car is period modified — lowered all round sitting on Lotus steels and sporting a black and white paint scheme.
“I grew up helping my Dad with this car - initially starting out just cleaning it, but I have more recently undertaken welding and rust repairs. My first trip out of hospital when I was born was in this Mk1 Cortina, so it holds a lot of memories. When I was 15 my Dad let me buy a blue Anglia 105E, which I still use to this today. It was my very first car and I have now owned it for the past 11 years. My Anglia is lowered all round running banded steels. It has a 1500 GT Pre-Crossflow and gearbox, and a 105speed exhaust system — the car has been built in the way my Dad would have done it back when he was younger.
“Both cars are not show cars or big budget cars, however they are used regularly and at various times have both been daily drivers. They have a few battle scars and fraying edges but wear them well and these imperfections add to their character.We go for drives in convoys together both enjoy our cars as they meant to be driven.
“We are also in the process of building together an original Mk1 Cortina two-door GT that my Dad has owned since I was born 26 years ago.”