Ford Cortina Lotus Mk2

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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.

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5 Comments

  1. partscamdetective
    May 27, 2017 at 13:33 — Reply

    Dear Sir.

    We would like to advise of a recent scam in which an Ebay Seller has been advertising and selling Ford Cortina Mk 2 QH track rod ends (Part Number QR1165S)

    This part number has been obsolete and deleted by QH from their range many years ago. The parts supplied are not manufactured by QH.

    The seller is BNC Autoparts, which has an online Ebay shop. The seller was investigated by Trading Standards and Quinton Hazell and admitted to this fraudulent act. The listing has now been changed and warnings issued as to future activity.

    However, we are concerned that some of yours members purchased these items believing them to be of QH manufacture, which they are not.

    I would suggest you may like to post this message on your website to alert your members and suggest they seek a refund and report the offender to their local trading standards office.

    Please contact us if you require any further information or clarification.

    Best Wishes

    Partscamdetective.

  2. oprolevorter
    June 22, 2019 at 03:30 — Reply

    Thanks, I’ve just been searching for info about this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far. But, what concerning the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

  3. Robert Armstrong
    June 27, 2022 at 16:52 — Reply

    The Cortina MkII Owners Club Caters for all variants of the MkII Cortina https://www.fordcortinamk2oc.co.uk/

  4. Noel Smith
    June 27, 2024 at 13:38 — Reply

    I used to own a Mk2 Lotus Cortina in the early 70’s that I bought from Gowrings in Newbury main Ford dealer. The car was painted in Silver Fox. I was the second owner. It’s registration no was ORX 44 F.
    I cannot trace it through the LC register of DVLA.
    The first owner had an extra fuel tank fitted in the boot. So this is a bit of a long shot in case anyone can remember a silver Mk2 with an extra fuel tank fitted. I only saw the car once again a few months after I sold it on and the follow on owner to me had sprayed the bonnet on the car matt black.
    The car may well not exist any more unless stuck in a lockup since before SORN became necessary.
    If any owners after me can remember the car, I would be interested to find out what I can about its history after I sold it on.

  5. Ken Haines
    July 23, 2024 at 15:11 — Reply

    Can anyone inform me where i can obtain clips to secure C post inner panels.
    Thanks.

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