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1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.I

Lot No.: 925

Registration: GRO 28C
Chassis Number: Z74D4245305
Engine Number: LP3015
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1558cc
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Sold for (£): 45,000

Manufactured in 1964 but registered in 1965, this purposeful Lotus Cortina Mk.I is a well-known car in Cortina circles. It's an early ‘A' frame model that was later converted to leaf springs when used for 'Group 2' Historic Rallying by the French Ecurie Ten Rally Team circa 1990.

This car was owned in the late 1980s by Richard Hudson-Evans, known to most in the classic car industry as an auction commentator and regular contributor to all things motoring through 'Classic Cars For Sale' and other media, and featured regularly and affectionately in his jottings at that time.

GRO 28C was the subject of a restoration program in 2008/09 and consequently, the bodywork presents exceptionally well, as does the paint, the engine bay and underside of the car which is corrosion free. The 105bhp, 1,558cc engine sparks to life on the first turn of the key and once you've mastered the on/off nature of the clutch it's actually a pleasant car to drive, and more docile than you might expect... until you turn the wick up that is!

The interior trim is in classic Black and in largely good order all-round save for some scratches on the centre console near the gearbox gaiter that would benefit from being addressed.  Likewise, the paint finish on the bonnet and boot lid needs a little tlc.

In gleaming Ermine White and Sherwood Green and sitting squarely on silver Minilites, this classic sixties sporting saloon is as desirable now as the day it was new, and with the value of these amazing cars continuing to rise, this super example makes a lot of sense.