Ford Cortina Lotus Mk2
With the introduction of renovated Ford Cortina Lotus Mk 2, Lotus Cortina Mk 1 was immediately put on the back burner. This small and convenient British car was highly loved both by British families and race tracks, where it had enjoyed significant successes. Still, many people believe that its success on the race tracks was given due to the special treatment of engineers at Lotus.
So what was new? The new Ford Cortina Lotus Mk2 has a 109bhp 1588cc DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with twin Weber side-draught carburetors. Also, it was fitted with a 4-speed manual transmission and independent front suspension, a live rear axle suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc and rear drum brakes.
The car became very famous after it was driven by Jim Clark, a Formula 1 legend. Clark loved all the models produced by Ford and raced Ford Cortina Lotus quite often. Furthermore, he had his own open-wheeled Lotus F1 car that took part in the World Championship in 1963 and 1965.
Originally, one of the beautiful Ford Lotus models was re-commissioned and given to Colin Chapman by the Ford Company. It is worth to mention that Chapman was driven this car for about 14,000 miles. Then he sold it to the second owner and on September 8, 2014, it took part in RM Auctions in London. Today, the cost of Chapmen’s Lotus is approximately £40,000 to £60,000.
Ford Cortina Lotus Mk2 was very famous in Europe as well, where it was marked as the Cortina Twin Cam at the end of 1969. It is worth to mention that two 4-door Lotus cars were even sent to the Mid-Anglia Constabulary but never been tested as a fast patrol and pursuit car for British Police forces as it was planned. Both models are still alive.