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Ford Cortina Mk1 1962 – survivor

Preservation Car


(+TAX for CA resident)

Can there possibly be a cleaner, more honest, rust-free, stock Cortina Mk 1 elsewhere on our planet? I realize there are some very nicely restored Lotus Cortinas out there, as well as some Cortina GTs and some very nice fake Lotuses of course. Something tells me it is highly unlikely that there is another bench seat, 4 speed on the column Mk 1 this nice. If there is, someone please let me know about it!

I purchased this car for my own use back in 2011 because ‘Cortina’ was on my “bucket list”. Remarkably, much of the car is ORIGINAL (including most of the PAINT!). The peripheral mechanicals and some of the cosmetics were restored before my purchase (have a look at the photos of the undercarriage!). It had been stored for a time before I received it so my technicians went through it so that it would be absolutely reliable so that my wife and I could tour in it. It has been my occasional daily driver and needs nothing – just get in and go!

Based upon discussions with the past owner, the shop which performed the maintenance and objective observations (upholstery, pedal wear, etc.) it appears that she has only been driven 33,654 actual miles.

NOTE: See more description and history below the photos…
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Here is a list of the main things that were done in our workshops:

1) Drain old fuel and purge lines
2) New fuel filter & battery
3) Bleed brakes & clutch hydraulics
4) Re-core radiator, replace all hoses, thermostat & cap
5) Adjust valves, replace valve cover gasket
6) Rebuild carburettor
7) Rebuild rear brake wheel cylinders
8) Rebuild clutch complete, including hydraulics
9) Replace the seat backrest cap upholstery (retaining the original seating surface upholstery)
10) Replace front crankshaft seal
11) Install new center muffler

Trips we’ve done in “Tina”:
1) Temecula, CA wine tasting
2) Alpine, CA Alpine Brewery beer tasting
3) Pine Valley, CA Tenth anniversary photo shoot

You don’t even want to think about what it would cost to duplicate this car in a professional restoration shop.


  • Years of Manufacture: 1962 - 1966
  • Number Built: 1,010,090
  • To Identify:
    • Coke bottle style
    • Indicators set directly below front headlights
    • Flowing lines tapering towards front
    • Round tail lights
  • Body:
    • 2 and 4 door, unitary construction (Monocoque)
    • Key operated lock on driver's door
    • Slight wrap around inclined windshield of toughened safety glass and a full width curved rear window
    • Full drop door windows with quarter vents incorporating locking catches
    • Laminated windshield available as an option
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length: 168.31 inches
    • Total width: 62.50 inches
    • Height at kerb weight: 56.65 inches
    • Wheelbase: 98.00 inches
    • Front Track: 49.50 inches
    • Rear Track: 49.50 inches
  • Kerb Weight:
    • 1,775 lb.
  • Fuel Tank:
    • 8.0 gallons
  • Turning Circle:
    • 30.0 ft (9.14 metres)
  • Instruments:
    • Speedometer
    • Petrol gauge
    • Temp warning lamp
    • Oil warning lamp
    • Ammeter warning lamp
  • Transmission:
    • Remote control floor gear change, fFour forward speeds and reverse with synchromesh on all forward gears
    • 1st: 3.543:1
    • 2nd: 2.396:1
    • 3rd: 1.412:1
    • 4th: 1.000:1
    • Reverse: 3.963:1
  • Clutch:
    • Diaphragm spring clutch
    • Hydraulic operation from pedal to heavy-duty ball bearing thrust release
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • Semi-floating pressed steel banjo housing with hypoid final drive
    • Axle Ratio 4.125:1
  • Engine:
    • Capacity: 1197.8cc
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type, 4 cylinders, 3 main bearings, cast-iron crank-shaft
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv, fully machined combustion chambers, separate inlet and exhaust ports to each cylinder.
    • Fuel System: Single down-draught carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.1875 x 2.290 inches
    • Power: 53.0 bhp at 4800rpm
    • Torque: 66.5lb-ft (Nm) at 2700rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.7:1
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • 12 volt oil filled coil
    • Distributor has automatic centrifugal advance and retard with additional vacuum control
    • Two brush generator used in conjunction with regulator
    • Starter motor, single tone horn, 12 volt battery 40 amp hr. at 20-hour rate. Two sealed beam headlights, parking lights and left and right turning indicator lights
  • Exhaust:
    • Single tailpipe
  • Fuel Sustem:
    • Diaphragm type fuel pump
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Independent by directly operated coil springs mounted on telescopic shock absorbers
    • Rear: Semi-elliptic springs with telescopic shock absorbers
  • Steering:
    • High efficiency recirculatory ball type worm and nut steering gear with ratio of 15.1:1
  • Brakes:
    • Two leading shoe on front, leading and trailing rear. Total lining area 81.68 sq. in.
    • Front
      • Hydraulically operated 8.0 x 1.75 in.
    • Rear:
      • Hydraulically operated 8.0 x 1.50 in.
    • Handbrake - Cable operated effective rear wheels
  • Wheels:
    • 13" 4J Pressed steel disc wheels with wide based rims
  • Tyres:
    • 5.20 x 13 ins.

Production of the Mk.I started in June 1962, and was launched in the UK in September the same year, where it was originally known as the ‘Consul Cortina’. Powering them was the familiar Kent 1000cc engine carried over from the Anglia, although the engine had been stroked to 1198 cc. It was an oversquare design, reducing piston travel per revolution, cutting down on wear, allowing higher revs, and able to be made relatively smaller and lighter.

There were two models on offer, the Standard and Deluxe, the two door version being joined by the 4 door in October 1962. The Standard was a pretty utilitarian affair, featuring only a simple painted grille and headlamp garnish. Much more attractive was the Deluxe, and as it was only a little more expensive this is the car most Cortina buyers opted for.

In January 1963 Ford released the Super Deluxe in both two and four-door iterations. They also released the 1500cc (1498cc) engine as an option, although it was standard fitment to the Super Deluxe. The 1500cc engine featured a 5 bearing crankshaft, as opposed to the 1200's three bearings. The design was typical of the time, traditional and well liked by the mechanics. The 4-speed gear shift was floor mounted, there was a live rear axle and leaf springs, and the steering was a recirculating ball system.

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