Cortina: The Story of Ford’s Best-Seller £27.50

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

This book was first pub­lished in 1998, but has now been reis­sued by Ve­loce. It’s been a long wait for what is a work of gen­uine qual­ity – no won­der we’ve seen pre­vi­ous edi­tions for sale for far more than this 2017 ver­sion re­tails for. As far as we can tell, there have been no up­dates to the con­tent, but that doesn’t re­ally mat­ter in this case be­cause we’d go so far as to call it the de­fin­i­tive his­tory of the Ford Cortina.

All marks of Ford’s fam­ily favourite are cov­ered, and with a level of depth that demon­strates Rob­son’s con­sci­en­tious re­search. This book leaves few ques­tions unan­swered, be­cause it con­tains a wealth of in­for­ma­tion laid out in an easyto-read for­mat and quotes from sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple give it a tone of author­ity. The Lo­tus vari­ants and mo­tor­sport are also ex­plored, and the ap­pen­dices are packed with ad­di­tional juicy data.

The 180 pic­tures are mainly black and white, which does be­tray the book’s 1990s’ ori­gins, but there is a colour sec­tion in the cen­tre. No Ford en­thu­si­ast should be with­out it. Richard Gunn

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