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
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.
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.