SUM­MER 1977

Corti­nas and Hill­mans were hits for hol­i­day­mak­ers head­ing off to the coast

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 6-page Nostalgia Special - Richard Gunn

Viva Las Ve­gas! And all the other at­trac­tions along Southend’s Ma­rine Pa­rade on this less-than-balmy July day (if the pedes­tri­ans’ jack­ets and coats are any­thing to go by).

Fords right­fully dom­i­nate. These in­clude a Cortina MkIII nuz­zling up to its MkI grand­mother. There’s a pair of Mi­nis parked fur­ther along; the near­est one looks to have been mildly cus­tomised with chrometrimmed or painted rear pil­lar seams.

Mov­ing past are a Se­ries I or II Hill­man Su­per­minx, trail­ing an­other Cortina MkIII. The back panel bright­work and vinyl roof sug­gests a 2000E. If so, then it’s quite the Ex­ec­u­tive pa­rade as black-painted rear of the Es­cort MkI sug­gests that it’s a 1300E. Next up is the be-finned es­tate form of a Mor­ris Ox­ford V/VI Coun­try­man or Austin Cam­bridge A55/A60 Coun­try­man. Then we’re back to Corti­nas again, with an­other MkI and a MkIII po­lice car.

Head­ing to­wards us are a 1973 Hill­man Hunter GLS, ac­com­pa­nied by one of its French Rootes sib­lings, a Simca 1301; the only for­eign ma­chine here. Then comes the new­est ve­hi­cle, a Vaux­hall Chevette, launched just a cou­ple of years be­fore.

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