Ford Cortina Mark V (Mk5)

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On August 24, 1979, Ford Cortina Mark 5 was announced. Actually, its official name was “Cortina 80”, but the press alone with the public gave it the Mark V tag.

It was a large update of the Mark IV model, though it is hard to say that it was a complete redody or facelift. Actually, it was a step made between these two. Among the main differences between these two cars was revised headlights, a wider slatted grille, and, of course, a flattened roof with a huge glass area, slimmer C-pillars with revised vent covers, larger, slatted taillights, and upgraded trim. Improvements were made to engine range, with a slight touch to fuel economy and power output.

There were four variants of Ford Cortina Mk5 body available in both saloon and estate forms: the Base, L, GL, and Ghia. The base and L included special 2-door sedan versions, available in other countries up to Ghia V6 level.

The Cortina was the British auto market best-seller up to 1981 and including it. Though it was the second best-selling car and the most popular large family car in Britain, 1982 has become its final production year. While its twin, Taunus version, has a competition with new Volkswagen Passat and Opel Ascona modern designs, the Cortina with its brand image of Ford’s blue oval was guaranteed much success overseas.

The very last Cortina was produced on 22 July 1982. It was a silver Crusader that you can see even today visiting the Ford Heritage Centre in Dagenham, Essex, situated nearby the factory the car was assembled.

Still, the last Cortinas in the world were produced in New Zeland where they were top selling cars for years.

It was 1982 when the Cortina lost her Britain’s best-selling car title that was given to her annually since 1972. Frankly speaking, it was selling pretty good after 1892 as well. The only difference was that another Ford’s product, the Ford Escort, took the first place as the best-selling model.


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  1. Robbie Dickson
    September 21, 2017 at 10:37 — Reply

    Hi Anne.

    I am wondering if you can help me find a 1980 or 1981 2-door cortina 1.3L car ideally in good running shape and even better if it is in Beige. I am prepared to offer 1000 pound finders fee and thought this was a good place to start reply to

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    June 24, 2019 at 05:25 — Reply

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  3. Dave
    August 18, 2019 at 17:26 — Reply

    Hi I’ve a MKV Cortina Crusader, am looking to join a Cortina club, could you help me please

  4. Dean
    November 14, 2019 at 00:25 — Reply

    Hi I’ve got a mk5 cortina that for unforeseen reasons I can’t finish it’s 80% done would you know anyone that would be interested in purchasing. Really clean motor rate vinyl top red interior Rs wheels 80k on speedo 1.6 please contact me if you can be off any use
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  5. Shaun Yannetta
    January 13, 2020 at 23:39 — Reply

    Got mek5 for sale mint condition phone number 07871698175

  6. Shaun Yannetta
    January 13, 2020 at 23:40 — Reply

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  8. Robert Depietro
    May 18, 2020 at 08:01 — Reply

    I think that what youposted made abunch of sense.

  9. Jacques Kleinhans
    November 7, 2020 at 14:11 — Reply

    This is a really well written – albeit short – article on the much-loved Mk5 Cortina. In South Africa we also have quite high regard for the Mk5 Cortina. A head-turner of note and widely used in pop culture.

    It’s been my dream car since I was 5. This year I thought to myself I’m not going to wait until I’m 40 or 50 before I buy one. With CV19 and the uncertainty of the world we live in, I decided to go ahead. I now own a 1981 Cortina Mk5 2.0GL Auto. A few small issues here and there – front brakes needs to be replaced and timing is a bit out but other than that, it’s solid and I’m a happy man.

    Keep up the good work. I’m definitely going to venture through the rest of your site and look forward to future articles and stories.

  10. MatthewRab
    September 14, 2021 at 05:07 — Reply

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  11. Sue Bounds
    October 5, 2021 at 22:58 — Reply

    I am trying to find out what fuel I can put into my mark 5
    She is 1980 , 2.0 GL
    I am getting nowhere with trying to get information

    • Barry
      June 27, 2022 at 16:50 — Reply

      you need to use regular unleaded, with a ‘lead replacement addative’ (get it from halfords or any motor-factors). If you’re planning on keeping it for a few years and the engine is in good condition, I’d recomend getting the head converted to run on unleaded, (costs a few hundred quid but worth it, in the long run).

  12. Ian Thurley
    October 6, 2021 at 17:00 — Reply

    It will need to be run on super unleaded (E5, 97+ Octane) – I get mine from a local BP station.

  13. Michael lakes
    November 12, 2021 at 01:11 — Reply

    I am the proud owner of a mk 5 cortina and I am wondering where I can get parts for same the lock on the drivers door needs some parts at present can you advise my email is

  14. Stephen Tibbett
    December 16, 2021 at 19:49 — Reply

    Hi, I’m looking for a 1980-82 MK5 Ford Cortina 2.0GL or Ghia Saloon.
    Colour or condition not important, running with MOT ideally.
    Are there any out there for sale?

  15. Phil
    June 27, 2022 at 16:49 — Reply

    does any one know where i can find my old car, mk5 Cortina 1.6GL, MRN 252X would like to buy it back if possible

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