Ford Cortina Mark I (Mk1)

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In the early 1960s, British Motor Corporation was at the top of success with the first made in Britain minicar. So Ford decided to respond with an easy and inexpensive larger family car – the Cortina. This eye-catching modern-styled car was launched on 20 September 1962. In Britain, it was known as Consul Cortina until 1964. Right after this year, it was sold simply as Cortina. The Cortina added some points to Ford’s reputation as the best car for the money.

There were various models of the Cortina: with 1.2 L and 1.5 L four-cylinder engines, with two and four door saloon. For a short period of time, there were fake wood side and tailgate trims inside. Cortina has two main variations: the Mark 1A with the elliptical front sidelights, and the Mark 1B with squarer front sidelights and redesigned grill.

Ford Cortina Mk1 – Ford Cortina Mk 1

Lately, it was found out that the Mark 1, comparing it to the Mark II, the Mark III or the Mark IV, that it has a greater air delivery and the painted steel dashboard was aged much less. In 1964 front disc brakes were added.

The Cortina has a four-cylinder pushrod design, also known as “pre-crossflow” because of inlet and exhaust ports that were both located on the same side of the head. Though the engines of this model were of identical design, the difference was in capacity. The most powerful version was 1498 cc (1500) and produced 78 bhp (58 kW) that was used in GT Cortina.

Ford Cortina Mark I (Mk1) was a real superstar of 1960’s. You can see them featuring 1963 film Carry On Cabby. This car concurred car market with its large size, moderate price and unique design that remains trendy even today.

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  1. Matez
    December 17, 2017 at 13:19 — Reply

    Kortyna z kamenného újezdu zmrdi

  2. oprolevorter
    June 26, 2019 at 03:24 — Reply

    I see something truly special in this website.

  3. Bert Jones:
    November 4, 2019 at 21:03 — Reply

    I have a set of 4 wheel embellishers for a 1964 Cortina Mk 1, in excellent condition.
    Any offers?

  4. Laurent
    October 11, 2020 at 13:46 — Reply

    hiya dudes !
    i own a rare MK1 1963 Cortina consul estate 1500 deluxe LHD , if some good british boys want to save it , i’m available to discuss something smart !
    Regards Laurent !

    June 28, 2023 at 17:44 — Reply

    In the early 70s I used to own a Mk1 Lotus Cortina reg no FLL795C, I had the car for around 2 years and have some cine camera film now on a dvd of the car at that time if the present owner would like to get in touch I would like to hear from them. The car is at present off road. My email is

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