Rally Preparation Services is pleased to offer this unusual Lotus Cortina Classic rally car. Built to compete on the 1993 re-run of the classic London to Sydney rally finishing 21st Overall and then went on to complete the London to Mexico re-run in 1995 finishing 11th Overall
Ford introduced the Mark 2 Cortina in1966. Essentially a re-skinned MK1 and slightly underpowered but in 1967 the new Cortina was upgraded with one of the most famous engines of all time; the “Crossflow” Of course it was the Lotus Cortina with the signature Sherwood Green stripe and evocative sound track from twin Weber carburettors that captured the hearts of those who wished to be Roger Clark. But for marathon rallies the Lotus engine was too frail. In 1968 Roger Clark suffered piston failure in his Lotus Cortina handing the victory to the Hillman Hunter so for the 1970 London to Mexico Ford abandoned the Lotus and used the more reliable Crossflow engine in the new Escort. Victory and the Escort Mexico followed.
As we move forward to 1993 and the historic re-run of the London to Sydney an entry is planned by Peter Sugden from the Ford PR team in a Lotus Cortina. Using the same logic that had served Ford so well in 1970 a more reliable engine is required but this time the more powerful 2.0 Pinto was chosen. Although the Pinto was never fitted by Ford to the Mk2 Cortina in series production, there was an overlap when they were built side by side. Engine swaps on Fords of this period have always been straightforward
The Pinto has the exhaust on the right hand side which would foul on the steering gear on a Lotus Cortina so armed with the expertise of the Ford works rally team an Escort cross-member, front suspension and steering rack are all fitted. Other rally preparation follows the well documented format that has served Ford so well.
After Two Marathon events the Cortina languished for nearly twenty years until restored and revitalised in 2010. The original 1993 London to Sydney plates are still fitted to the doors but this is no trailer queen. This Cortina is a classic rally car in every sense in that it has provenance and yet is ready for more. We have looked after this Cortina for the current owner for the last four years regardless of cost (as he likes to remind us) and he has campaigned it with enthusiasm including three entries on the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique and three on Le Jog, most recently in 2018.
The car is currently residing at RPS’ sister company - the SASCo storage facility and available for inspection.
All viewings and test drives welcomed by appointment at Rally Preparation Services.
**NOW SOLD** - Thanks for all your interest....
A genuine log-booked and period correct Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.I prepared for competitive Stage Rallying of which it has enjoyed countless success in the hands of its enthusiastic owner for more than two decades.
This is a Pat Johnson Motorsport .....
Completely original FORD LOTUS CORTINA MKll in a good condition, imported from Sweden, technically and mechanically in good condition. Chassis BA91HB798??., also no a LOTUS CORTINA MKl on stock. (read off km.)
AUGUST 1964 LOTUS CORTINA MK1 PRE-AIRFLOW.
ALLOY PANELLED CAR.
A FRAME REAR SUSPENSION.
FOUR OWNERS SINCE NEW.
NICK STAGG REBUILT ENGINE WITH UNLEADED CONVERSION.
141.5BHP WITH SPORTS CLUTCH.
LISTED ON THE LOTUS CORTINA REGISTER AND SHOWN ON THEIR SHOW STAND MANY TIMES.
1966 lotus cortina mk1 works built special equipment.
besides the works race cars the special equipment cars are the rarest.
excellent to mint condition with numerous awards and magazine features to its credit this car is sensational and very collectable.
open to any inspection and viewing .....
excellent lotus cortina, the genuine article, resident in SPAIN, EX UK, RHD, FUEL CELL, ROLL BARS, INPECTION RECOMMENDED, we are in Vigo, an hours drive from Porto airport. this car was totally rebuilt a few years back, perfect for circuit or RALLY WORK. car is inspected and is ready to go Owner retiring .....
The Lotus Cortina offered here is one of only two Group 5 works cars that were built by Lotus for the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship. Car number E14 LS was constructed in March 1966, registered PHK 614D, and immediately assigned to Jim Clark for use at Oulton Park on 2nd April, although the meeting .....
My lotus cortina is for sale or part exchange for a Gts speck early Elan My car was ex Texas one of 200 built for the American market in 66 It was then exported to Australia , inspected by the cortina register and confirmed as all genuine in its very original body ,The car is currently having the engine .....
Lotus Cortina mk1 1965
This car was commissioned to be rebuilt for Mr McCarthy, Unfortunately he passed away before completion. He was a known authority for Lotus Cortina’s.
He parted with his special equipment mk1 to finance the restoration of this car, to his own specification. He was building .....
DECEMBER 1964 LOTUS CORTINA MK1.THE IAN WALKER RACING LOTUS CORTINA.
ONE OF THE FIRST AIRFLOW CARS BUILT.
ALLOY BOOT BONNET AND DOORS.
A FRAME REAR SUSPENSION.
STILL RETAINS THE IAN WALKER RACING 135BHP ENGINE.
ORIGINAL MINILIGHT WHEELS.
DRIVES AND LOOKS LIKE A NEW CAR.
ANY INSPECTION .....