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1963 Ford Cortina Lotus MK1 For Sale

DEPOSIT TAKEN Price reflects the fact that this car has been rebuilt with original parts and totally restored which includes a re-shell. The paint finish is beautiful, and you can shut the doors with your little finger. Correct chassis number for a 1963 Mk1 Lotus Cortina with matching early original LP engine number with 63’ stamped twincam cylinder head making this the correct factory engine for this chassis. Lots of history/documentation provided with the car from all known owners (except the first owner) right back to 1970 when second owner purchased the car. Spent most of its time in the North of England and has had some pretty wealthy owners through the years. I bought the car from a chap in Scotland who purchased a collection of famous rally cars (including a works Lotus Cortina, escorts and works Metro 6R4) from the owner of Swift Caravans (a keen historic rally competitor) and this car was included in the collection sale. The car was restored by a well-known 70’s rally driver who rebuilt and restored the car to historic rally spec using original components (a letter from this owner is included with the car describing it’s specification). The 1963 Lotus Cortina I own today is a continuation of efforts to return this car to its original road specification although some of the rally features still exist like the long-range fuel tank, cut-off switch, array of toggle switches and cluster of Lucas spot lamps on the front. The car does exhibit the early 1963 Mk1 Lotus Cortina homologation body modifications which includes correct 63’ large round hump in the boot, a-frame bracing bars in the boot and inside the rear wings, v-reinforced chassis saddles for a-frame clearance, boot floor spare wheel well reinforcement plate and bolt and “full” aluminium bonnet (frame and skin is aluminium). Along with the original factory engine the car also has the early 1963 gearbox aluminium bell housing (lotus part number stamped 105E-7505) and aluminium tail section thought to be original to the engine and chassis. Other original Lotus Cortina components include Lotus part number 28C007 cast track control arms, Lotus straight steering arms, lotus 7/8 inch anti roll bar, later P16 callipers, original works rally sump guard, and Lotus front shorter struts recently rebuilt. Although the original 1963 Lotus Cortina road cars had a-frame rear suspension setup this was very unreliable for rallying so this car has been modified to accommodate the later Mk1 Lotus Cortina reverse eye 5 leaf springs plus anti-tramp bar setup much more suited to the rigors of rallying (dated letter supplied describing when this modification was made). All corners of the suspension setup are LEDA adjustable and have recently been stripped and reinstalled along with new front brake discs and bushings etc. The rear axle is original Lotus reconditioned and includes a 3.9 ratio limited slip differential. The gearbox has “Semi Close-Ratios” very sweet for road and rally use. The interior shows rally spec features with many switches but includes the original Lotus chrome umbrella handbrake, correct original Lotus instrument pod with Lotus spec gauges, centre console and remote gear selector with straight gear lever plus refurnished 1963 Lotus Cortina road bucket seats unique to the early Mk1 Lotus Cortina. Chris on 07827938879
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