Ford Cortina Mark IV (Mk4)

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One of the biggest steps made by Ford during the creation of fourth-generation Cortina is the convergence between the German Taunus and the British Cortina. After the model was launched in 1976, these two become the same cars with different badges. Furthermore, with the appearance of Ford Cortina Mark 4, United Kingdom made a significant step giving UK Ford dealers the ability to sell Cortinas that were made overseas.

Mainly, the main feature that differed Mk 4 from its predecessor was car’s conventional design. For sure, it differed a little in terms of technology with its revised sitting position, retention of a running gear, dashboard, and suspension layout. Still, driving Mk4 was very familiar to any Cortina launched before, though a little bit more comfortable and with a prettier view out.

It is worth to mention that Taunus, a German Cortina, was introduced to the market in February 1976 while its British twin was introduced only in September. A year later, in the autumn of 1977, a new version was introduced by Ford. In 1977 you could choose from Cortina range considering 19 models, 3 body styles, 4 engines and 5 trim packs. During its production period, around 600,000 models of Ford Cortina Mark 4 were made.

‘Cortina 80’, the final Cortina incarnation introduced in September 1979, replaced Ford Cortina Mk4. Although it is hard to say that it was complete facelift or rebody, though there were a little of both, it was a car that showed significant improvement in comparison to its predecessor. The head was completely revised, as well as tail lamps. Wraparound indicators and an aerofoil grille draw a lot of attention one the outside. The top of all these was a new roof with larger windows making this car a must have.

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  1. Rodger Bending
    January 1, 2018 at 21:24 — Reply

    Am cataloguing my brochure collection and have come across a vgc duplicate of a 16 page Ford Cortina Mark IV brochure (photography at Castle Howard). Before I go on eBay or other, is this of interest to a member?
    Kind regards
    Rodger Bending

  2. Andy newman
    January 31, 2018 at 00:58 — Reply

    Hi I’m looking for a pair of a post repair panels if anybody can help thanks

  3. George
    May 28, 2018 at 23:29 — Reply
    Looking for complete front cross member. Hub to hub with rack
    I would be greatly appreciated if you could help
    Many thanks George

  4. Len thomas
    June 15, 2018 at 01:08 — Reply
    Hi i have a halfshaft with a genuine ford bearing assy fitted for cortina
    Mk1v/v if anyone interested.
    Regards len thomas.

  5. oprol evorter
    June 26, 2019 at 14:56 — Reply

    Some truly superb info , Glad I noticed this. “If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others” by Dolores Huerta.

    June 30, 2019 at 23:44 — Reply

    HI i am looking for my old Cortina 2L ghia .
    If anyone has any knowledge i would appreciate
    reg number AHM 640T

  7. Anonymous
    July 2, 2019 at 13:30 — Reply

    Hi,I have a upper wishbone for a MK 4 cortina /Capri newly fully bushed.

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