On your Bakkie

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Read­ing the Cortina bakkie story in your June edi­tion brought back some good mem­o­ries re­gard­ing th­ese fine ve­hi­cles. The pic­ture en­closed is of a 1981 3- litre Es­sex V6 auto that has only

done 81,000 km since new. It be­longs to a friend Keith But­ler- Wheel­house who lives in Eng­land and comes to South Africa for your win­ters.

In the ar­ti­cle it says that the one van came with a 2.3- litre Es­sex mo­tor. This can­not be as Ford South Africa only built th­ese ve­hi­cles with the 1.6 Kent and Es­sex 2- litre V4 and V6 in 2.5, 3- litre and 3.4- litre ver­sions. An­other thing to note is that Ford only ever used Don­ald­son Air clean­ers on all Bakkies — never the car air clean­ers.

Basil Green is a friend of mine and I have asked him if they ever built any V8 Cortina sa­loon or Bakkies. He says there were a few Bakkies done as spe­cial or­ders, so the van in the ar­ti­cle could be one of them.

An­drew Cave Port El­iz­a­beth, South Africa

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