Here i have for sale a truly unique motor car for sale which any serious Ford collector or enthusiast will appreciate a 1962 Ford Consul Cortina Mk1 1200 deluxe finished in Windsor grey/white roof with a complementary 2 tone silver interior (unique colour combination for early Mk1 Cortina)
This consul Cortina is a very very special Cortina indeed that was built in 1962 at Dagenham and must be one of the finest earliest unmolested/unrestored surviving examples in existence throughout the world -This car has all the unique early release/pre production features including early deep body pressings, early wheels, boot lock,bonnet catch, rubber mats, strip speedo, early bumpers,deluxe badge embossed onto the dash rather than badge fitted fitted to later cars, early type hubcaps, chrome light surrounds and even retains its original cardboard engine under tray which is incredible.
This Cortina is offered for sale on the open market for only the second time since it was purchased new in 1962 although it shows 4 owners the car was passed down to two people after that never used it then to myself, before i bought it, it remained in the same village all of its life.
This Consul Cortina has never been restored and was dry stored in excess of 44 years and remains in original unmolested/unrestored condition retaining all its original body panels, sills and has never been welded (you will not find another like this it really is A1 off motor car which deserves to be in in the Ford museum)
This sensational pre airflow Consul Mk1 Cortina was released in mid September 1962 in 2 door form with the saloon arriving in November and was highly anticipated car, to find a genuine 1962 factory built car is incredibly rare in deed and this particular Cortina is a very very early example indeed and is quite possibly one of the earliest surviving Consul Cortina available and has a wonderful & interesting history and retains all its correct features as released in 1962.
About the history of this unique vehicle, Mrs Fish from Cumbria was the owner of a 1951 Ford Zephyr and in 1962 she was having it serviced by her local Ford dealer Barton Townley Lancaster and after seeing the advertisement for of the all new Ford Consul Cortina she pre ordered the car in October 1962 due for delivery before Christmas 1962 - This Consul Cortina was finally factory finished on 14/12/1962 (confirmed by the original Ford paper tags still attached to the car) and was delivered to Barton Townley Ford in December 1962 being registered and collected new on Wednesday 07/01/1963 at 3pm (original bill of sale present) Mrs Fish only used the car sparingly travelling around local villages on Cumbria and was solely serviced by the supplying dealer (Barton Townley) up until July 1968 (original service book fully stamped) and the car was used until 1969 when she decided to stop driving due to her ageing years but she refused to sell the Cortina and the car was parked in her dry wooden garage under blankets where it remained for approximate 15 years undisturbed until her death in 1983 when her brother inherited her estate and the car.
It was removed from the garage and taken to a local garage in the village where it was motd at 15,380 miles on the clock on 09/06/1983 and used for a few hundred miles by her brother before being parked up in a barn before winter 1983 again in a barn and unseen for another 30 years under blankets up until 2013.
In late 2013 after 30 years of further storage in a passing conversation about the Cortina at the butchers between the then elderly owners brother and a local chap Ken (who remembered the the Cortina new in 1963) and to his surprise the farmer confirmed he still had the car and in 30 years had never lifted the covers off since he parked it up in 1983 - due something needed to be done with it.
Ken agreed to purchase the car and in August 2013 he went to the barn and removed the covers to find an incredible Cortina just as he had remembered it in the 1960s totally untouched and still sitting on its original flat cross ply tyres (still in the boot) it was then taken just 2 miles from the barn it had been stood in to Kens garage and he realised just what a gem he had found.
Possibly the most original/untouched Cortina in existence which has never been touched, painted or messed with and retained all its original features and body panels and had never been welded and still retained the factory applied grey paint to the underside after cleaning the Ford grease (a true time warp barn find)
In 2014/15 Ken decided to carefully recommission the car and start the car after its long sleep - this work included new fluids, brakes, tyres, brake lines, ancillaries and wax oil etc with a fresh coat coat of exterior paint in Windsor grey as the original paint had faded in places and spoiled the car and a great paint job took place.
Now the best this Cortina has covered a warranted 16,540 miles since 1962 (yes sixteen thousand five hundred and forty miles) from new
Ken then parked the car up under cover until was told about it from a friend in the trade and in 2016 and after meeting Ken the family agreed to sell as he wanted the car to be used and enjoyed as intended by an enthusiast and this formed part of my small collection and only offered for sale now with a heavy heart due to an illness condition that will not allow me to drive and enjoy as i have done and my other collection will go up at a later date.
The unique time warp Consul Cortina still retains all its original Ford build paper tags from 1962 to the engine bay, dashboard and boot area and even the original triplex sticker to the screen along with an unused toolkit and bag(which are very sort after and are going for sale for in the region of £550)
This Consul Cortina comes complete with V5 document, Current 6 months mot(which it does not need but i always mot my classics) the original bill of sale which confirms the factory options on this car are exterior wing mirrors and an heater.
Pictures do not do this car justice it really needs to be seen and can be put on any ramp or inspection(this is not a concourse rebuilt car but a car but is an original 57 year old car unrestored Consul Cortina with a charming patina that you could not replicate and is a sure fire crowd puller and a very very beautiful Cortina that would be pride of anybodys collection or show field.
This Cortina can only be described as a unique ultra rare early time warp example that has never been welded or had a replacement sill (which is unheard of in a Cortina)
The Cortina fires up on cue and is as quiet as a mouse and attracts attention anywhere and at shows.
The exterior of the Cortina is in beautiful condition and presents well wherever you look the seats look as no one has ever sat in them especially the back, the bumpers chrome is very good still for a 1962 they are slightly pitted and being critical you night want then re chromed personally i like them with the patina although one job i would do it the engine bay when the car was painted it really should have been done but that might be me being over critical and to be honest the only thing about the car i need to mention and really no big deal to have it done.
Everything inside this car is immaculate ash tray still brand new never been used the dashboard seats are totally unmarked and it has that great old car smell just stunning.
The boot is again immaculate still looks new
You cannot compare this to another Ford Cortina currently for sale as a comparable car is not available.
Please be realistic you cannot compare this car to the average Cortina it is far superior in every way you could not restore a car properly for 25k so at this price this Cortina offers great value due to its superb very original condition inside and out and all early Fords are going through the roof now Mk1 escorts Capris this car with out doubt will be one of the best investments you can have.
In conclusion since ive owned this car it has been lovingly looked after as it was with the previous owners to get it to market i have just spent £645 on it and it has been serviced and motd you can have any inspection on the car, i had a slight leak from the top hose so i have fitted brand new original top and bottom hoses i have for safety reasons put a new head gasket on and flushed it, i have had the carb checked over as a screw had fallen from it its had coolant pipe replacement antifreeze, ignition condenser contact set, distributor cap, manifold gasket and rotor arm plus thermostat and gaskets.
Interesting number plate valued at but i would always keep it with the car for originality.
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