1965 FORD LO­TUS CORTINA MK1 COM­PE­TI­TION SA­LOON

Automobile - - Classic -

SOLD: £191,900

($254,000*)

The Lo­tus Cortina was a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the stan­dard Ford

Cortina, en­gi­neered and built by Lo­tus and its chief, Colin Chap­man. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions from stan­dard in­cluded a 1.6-liter four-cylin­der engine plucked from the Lo­tus Elan, coil springs in the rear in­stead of leaf springs, and an al­loy dif­fer­en­tial hous­ing, among other fea­tures. This car was an ex-works racer driven by Jim Clark, along with Jack Sears and John Whit­more. This is the car all Cortina own­ers wish they owned, and the price—about five times that of a road-go­ing Lo­tus Cortina— re­flects that.

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