Da­gen­ham’s finest!

The last Ford Cortina may have rolled off the pro­duc­tion line 35 years ago, but it’s still pop­u­lar to­day. We mark this mile­stone by look­ing back on the high­lights of each year of pro­duc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

35 years since the last Ford Cortina

The Ford Cortina is still a house­hold name 35 years af­ter pro­duc­tion ended, be­cause it is a mul­ti­fac­eted clas­sic. Some of us will as­so­ciate the name with Alexei Sayle-like sales reps (’ Ullo, John! Gotta New Mo­tor?) in a 1600XL MkIII, oth­ers with Jim Clark’s green and white Lo­tus Corti­nas or the ‘Glam­cabs’ in Carry On Cabby. Most

CCW read­ers would have driven one to the of­fice, on sum­mer hol­i­days or sim­ply craved the mag­nif­i­cence that is the 1600E ver­sion of the MkII.

One of the Ford Cortina’s many strong points is the sheer va­ri­ety of models it of­fered; whether your au­to­mo­tive in­ter­ests run to early 1980s nos­tal­gia or the Bryl­creemed era of a Su­per MkI, there is a model to suit your tastes. Be warned, though – driv­ing any Cortina means be­ing ap­proached by peo­ple whose open­ing gam­bit will be ‘My dad had one of those…’

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