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