Lotus Cortina MkII

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

A more grown-up car than its MkI pre­de­ces­sor, the se­cond-gen­er­a­tion Lotus Cortina is seen by those in the know as the more com­pe­tent car, lack­ing only the com­pe­ti­tion suc­cesses. Built at Da­gen­ham rather than by Lotus to up the build qual­ity, many sur­vivors are in rea­son­able-to-good or­der. And while by to­day’s stan­dards it’s not the blis­ter­ingly quick sa­loon it was back then, a 105mph top speed and 0-60mph time of 11 sec­onds shouldn’t be sniffed at. The MkII def­i­nitely of­fers a way into gen­uine tra­di­tional Ford per­for­mance and with those un­der­stated looks and that fan­tas­tic sound, it’s a hard-to-re­sist com­bi­na­tion.

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