Ford Cortina

EN­GINE 1498cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 64bhp@4600rpm TORQUE 85lb ft@2300rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 81mph 0-60MPH 19sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 25-31mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOMETER 62,051 miles

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Ac­cel­er­a­tion off the mark is steady and free-flow­ing, with a good dol­lop of low-down grunt that makes keep­ing up with con­tem­po­rary traf­fic a breeze. The han­dling is pre­cise de­spite some body roll into round­abouts and tight cor­ners. The brakes are more than ad­e­quate and sus­pen­sion takes road sur­face im­per­fec­tions in its stride. There is no play in the steer­ing wheel, which is also free of jud­der at speed. The col­umn shift is easy to use, and chang­ing gear is slick both up and down the for­ward ra­tios. The ex­haust is clear of smoke through­out the rev range.

BODY­WORK CHECK

There are a cou­ple of paint chips ahead of the off­side front whee­larch, with some more chips mid­way down the driver’s door. There is ox­i­di­s­a­tion ev­i­dent on the off­side rear three-quar­ter win­dow on the off­side rear where the rain has been run­ning down it. The rear wing has some bub­bling, and the bootlid has a sig­nif­i­cant score on the paint above the near­side rear light clus­ter. The in­side of the boot is clean and dry and the near-new spare tyre is in good con­di­tion. There are some specks of rust on the un­der­side of the lid but the paint­work is orig­i­nal. The tyres have white­wall trims.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The painted metal dash­board and vinyl wrap­around is largely un­marked and houses a pe­riod ra­dio and heater con­trols. There is a very small crack in the vinyl, though this looks like it’s age-re­lated rather than dam­age. All gauges work as they should, like­wise the in­di­ca­tors, light switches and other elec­tri­cal items. The heater is rather tem­per­a­men­tal but this should be an easy fix. The steer­ing wheel has a slight crack in it. There’s some bind­ing from the hand­brake if it’s pulled on too firmly – it could use some ad­just­ment. The front bench seat slides back and forth with ease. The head­lin­ing is com­plete and un­cracked, al­though there are a few marks in it. Three of the door cards are straight and true, but one is slightly warped as though damp has man­aged to seep through. The win­dows and wind­screen are in ex­cel­lent or­der with no scratches.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

All flu­ids are at the max­i­mum lev­els with no leaks or en­gine bay stain­ing. The me­chan­i­cals ap­pear ro­bust, the bat­tery and starter mo­tor kick­ing the car into life on the first turn of the key. The sus­pen­sion tur­rets ap­pear to have been welded at some point and the rocker cover is start­ing to dis­play some slight cor­ro­sion.

THE CCW VIEW

Al­though far from per­fect, this Cortina would scrub up nicely with min­i­mal ef­fort, but it would be a shame to take away its charm. This Ford is ro­bust and drives ex­tremely well de­spite the used ap­pear­ance.

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