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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21 Comments

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

    Hi
    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

    reynoldsgeorge@hotmail.co.uk
    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

    Len2.thomas@tiscali.co.uk
    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.

  6. malachymullan@gmail.com
    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.

  8. Roger Freeman
    August 20, 2019 at 17:58 — Reply

    Hi I’m looking for a mk4/5 brake servo does anyone know where I can find one or know somebody that may have one that is prepared to sell it. Many thanks. Roger

    • JONATHAN ESBERGER
      August 25, 2019 at 07:17 — Reply

      WONDERING FOR OLD TIMES SAKE WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FATHERS OLD FORD CORTINA MK 4 REGISTERD MAY 1978 NEVADA BEIGE BLACK INTERIOR
      REGISTRATION XNN36S
      OWNED BY MY FATHER FROM 1983-1988
      SOLD SEPTEMBER 1988
      LAST KNOWN WHERABOUTS
      HEMSWORTH/WOODSEATS AREA OF SHEFFIELD

      MOT RAN OUT APRIL 1989
      APPRECIATED

  9. Ivor phillips
    October 17, 2019 at 20:43 — Reply

    Hi
    I have a genuine mk4 and mk5 ford workshop manuals in a hard blue plastic folder,
    Before I put it on eBay I thought I would offer it here,
    You can contact me ivor.phillips At Ntlworld.com

  10. Ian
    October 26, 2019 at 22:40 — Reply

    Looking for a pair of mk four cortina wings

  11. JONATHAN ESBERGER
    December 21, 2019 at 21:12 — Reply

    HEY
    I HAVE NEWS REGARDING THE WHERABOUTS OF MY FATHERS OLD MK4 -XNN36S I PHONED THE DVLA THIS MORNING TO ORDER A V888 VEHICLE CONTACT FORM AND WAS TOLD –
    AND GET THIS –
    ITS STILL ACTIVE ON THE DATABASE WHEN I ASKED HAD IT BEEN TRANSFERRED ONTO ANOTHER VEHICLE -THE ANSWER NO- THE PLATE IS STILL ACTIVE ON THE VEHICLE IT WAS ISSUED TO BACK IN 1978 .ITS 31 YEARS SINCE MY FATHER SOLD IT I THOUGHT IT HAD BEEN SCRAPPED YEARS BACK I AM NOW LOOKING FORWARD TO FINDING OUT WHO THE CURRENT OWNER IS AND ASKING HIM FOR SOME PHOTOS FOR MY EMAIL ACCOUNT/FACEBOOK ACCOUNT I CANT BELIEVE IT -ITS ALIVE BUGGER ME I HAVE LET SI WOOLEY EDITOR OF CLASSIC FORD KNOW . ITS MADE MY CHRISTMAS I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED

  12. JONATHAN ESBERGER
    January 16, 2020 at 00:54 — Reply

    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF MY FATHERS OLD
    1978
    FORD CORTINA
    2000 GL
    MANUAL
    NEVADA BEIGE
    BLACK INTERIOR
    IS REGISTERED WITH THE MK4 OWNERS CLUB
    PLEASE IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW VIA EMAIL PLEASE
    jonathanesberger@outlook.com
    GREATLY RECIEVED

  13. JONATHAN ESBERGER
    January 16, 2020 at 01:33 — Reply

    I FORGOT TO MENTION THE REGISTRATION OF MY FATHERS CORTINA

    XNN36S
    IF YOU KNOW THIS MOTOR AND ITS OWNER WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB COULD YOU EMAIL ME PLEASE

    jonathanesberger@outlook.com

    THANKYOU

  14. JONATHAN ESBERGER
    January 17, 2020 at 01:25 — Reply

    GOOD NEWS
    MY FATHERS OLD FORD CORTINA 2000GL
    X N N 3 6 S IS REGISTERED ON THE DVLA DATABASE I NOW WANT TO TRACE THE OWNER
    IF THE OWNER OF X N N 3 6 S IS A MEMBER OF THE MK4 OWNERS CLUB COULD THEY GET IN CONTACT PLEASE -EMAIL ME
    jonathanesberger@outlook.com
    MY FATHER OWNED IT FROM 1983-1988 AND HIS LATE BROTHER IN LAW OWNED IT FROM 1978-1983 EFFECTIVLY 10 YEARS IN ONE FAMILY SO IT HAS SETINMENTAL ATTACHMENT I LOST TOUCH WITH IT 32 YEARS AGO WHEN DAD SOLD IT
    IF THE OWNER COULD EMAIL ME SOME PHOTOS THAT WOULD PUT MY MIND AT REST KNOWING I HAVE FINALLY LOCATED DADS OLD BELOVED CORTINA WHO ONE NIGHT AFTER TAKING MY LATE MUM TO WORK ON HIS WAY HOME BLEW THE 2,0 LITRE PINTO ENGINE IN SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE DUMPING IT BEHIND THE BACK OF TC HARRISONS PARTS DEPARTMENT ON ST MARYS GATE BY PUTTING A NOTE ON THE DASH AND SHOVING THE KEYS UP THE EXHAUST PIPE FOR HIS MATE TO SEE TO WHEN HE ARRIVED FOR WORK -HAPPY DAYS
    REGARDS
    JONATHAN

  15. Brian
    March 20, 2020 at 21:48 — Reply

    Hi All, can you help please. Somebody must know! I am trying to find parts for a T reg Cortina 2.0 S MK 4. The parts are The Hazard Warning Light Rocker Switch 77BG13A3350AA and Indicator and Hazard Flasher Relay and also the Headlamp Relay. Original part numbers / alternatives may help. bpsimmonds@freenetname.co.uk

  16. JONATHAN ESBERGER
    March 30, 2020 at 23:40 — Reply

    HI
    GUYS
    WELL ITS OFFICIAL

    I HEARD BACK FROM THE DVLA ON FRIDAY 27TH MARCH REGARDING MY FATHERS OLD CORTINA 2000 GL

    GOOD NEWS-
    ITS ALIVE
    ITS STILL REGISTERD WITH THE DVLA ALBEIT IN A RUSTED /DERELICT STATE
    ITS INSURED EVERY YEAR AND THE OWNER OBVIOUSLY LOVES IT TO THE POINT OF KEEPING IT REGISTERD WITH THE DVLA

    IT HAS NOT BEEN TAXED/TESTED FOR 30YEARS AND IS OBVIOUSLY BEING KEPT FOR ITS PLANE –

    COULD IT BE A POSSIBILITY THAT IT HAS CONNECTIONS WITH THE FACTORY -I HAD A THEORY IT WAS USED BY FACTORY MANAGMENT FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS BEFORE BEING DESPATCHED TO LOCAL FORD DEALERS IN SHEFFIELD -BROOK SHAW/TC HARRISONS

    DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE PLATE -XNN36S

    IT SURVIVES I AM HAPPY –

  17. John Bell
    April 16, 2020 at 01:40 — Reply

    Hi
    I need some help with my Ford engined 2lt Pinto Hawke.

    Do you have someone I can contact re. engine/electrics locally?

    Any help would be most appreciated.

    Kind regards
    John
    07861666022

  18. JONATHAN ESBERGER
    May 3, 2020 at 03:34 — Reply

    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF MY LATE FATHERS CORTINA IS A CLUB MEMBER – I HAVE A FEELING ITS A SHOW QUEEN USED FOR SHOWS OR A DERELICT WRECK IF ANYONE CAN SHED LIGHT ON

    X-N-N-3-6-S
    WHERE IT IS /WHO OWNS IT/WHAT STATES ITS IN
    I WOULD BE GRATEFULL IF YOU COULD EMAIL ON

    jonathanesberger@outlook.com

    tHANKYOU

  19. Paul
    May 31, 2020 at 11:07 — Reply

    Hi,Throughout the years I have owned 12 cortinas including a bright yellow “runner” I bought ( circa 1984/5) from a scrapyard near Woodbridge in Suffolk for £40! mainly for spares but it looked to good to scrap. It had 1 months tax and mot, I called into a garage for petrol and on exiting the garage I put my foot down and the smoke screen produced was exremely Impressive!I managed to get another mot on it and finally scrapped the beast some 12/13 months later and broke the car for spares and made myself lots of money in the process… happy days.
    I now own a Spartan kit car which is a wee beastie herself, the handling is best described as scary but it certainly is fun and a real head turner and the beuaty is that you can actually “fiddle with that reliable old pinto engine till the cows come home to roost ! and over the 15 years I’ve had her shee’s certainly had plenty of fiddlin!! (Apologies to all those Cortina owners, I didn’t “muller” the Spartan/cortina myself but bought her on a whim. Just a few days ago I was wanting to buy a beautiful MK3 GXL 1972, unfortunately I missed out.)
    The Spartan is based on either a mk4/5, 2.0 405 block engined cortina first registered 24/11/1980 and I’m having trouble locating a working petrol sender unit. Can anyone help me out? if so please e mail me on paul.durrant1956@gmail.com
    I’m in Norwich Norfolk and would be willing to travel but would gladly pay postage costs.
    Thanks

  20. Paul
    June 14, 2020 at 14:41 — Reply

    anyone have any details for suppliers of rear drum to disc conversion kit suppliers please or can discs etc be sourced from a donor vehicle? I have heard that Transit brakes will fit the front but would the rear fit my cortina?
    cheers

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