Lotus Cortina MkII
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.