THE GRAND TOURER

ONE FOR THE ROAD AND STAGE

Classic Ford - - CF BUYING RESTORING -

Launched in April 1963 the GT could be thought of as a more af­ford­able and per­haps us­able ver­sion of the Lo­tus Cortina – al­though of­fer­ing a com­fort­able ride on an un­even road sur­face with its softer-sprung, low­ered sus­pen­sion. Strictly speak­ing, the Cortina GT was a GrandTourer in name only, but that’s not to say they weren’t ca­pa­ble of long jour­neys — while the Lo­tus was win­ing on the race cir­cuit, the GT be­came Ford’s rally car with an out­right vic­tory in the 1964 East African Sa­fari Rally. Un­der the bon­net the GT had a 1498cc en­gine boast­ing a Cos­worth-de­signed camshaft, larger-port head, tubu­lar ex­haust man­i­fold and a twin-choke-We­ber car­bu­ret­tor. It was tuned for 78 bhp — 18 more than the 1500 Su­per. The Mk1 was built un­til Oc­to­ber 1966 when the Mk2 Cortina su­per­seded it.The GT model would sur­vive through the reign of the Mk3 Cortina un­til 1976, but was not avail­able on the Mk4 or Mk5.

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