With reference to the story on the ‘Cologne’ Capri (C&SC, August), there are a few factual errors.
Cosworth was not a Ford subsidiary in 1967, it was an independent company. Also, the GAA didn’t have any roots in the 2.6 Cologne engine, and used special blocks from Ford, always based on the 3-litre Essex engine. Ford ordered 100 sets of parts, but insisted on using an SG iron crank, which it supplied and that caused endless problems with the bearings.
Mike Hall designed the engine, and when Keith Duckworth saw it, his comment was that it had Brmstyle cam covers – a reference to where he employed Mike from.
It was Mike’s favourite engine, and ended up being used for F5000 and hillclimbing. The problem was that there was a hundred sets of everything, except cranks and blocks – both Ford-supplied items. Neil Lefley
Cologne engine was based on 3-litre block