Lot 130

1965 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk I Estate Custom

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SOLD $78,400


$90,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Striking and Highly Detailed Build

Proper High-Performance Lotus-Ford DOHC Engine

Uncommon Fit, Finish, and Presentation

Subject of a Book Chronicling the Restoration and Build

Includes an Original Owner’s Manual and Receipts

Technical Specs

1,558 CC DOHC Lotus-Ford Inline 4-Cylinder Engine

Two Weber 40DCOE Twin-Choke Carburetors

Estimated 150 BHP at 5,500 RPM

5-Speed Manual Gearbox

4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Front Independent Suspension with Shock Absorbers

Rear Live Axle with Shock Absorbers

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One of the most successful racing-homologation specials built during Ford Motor Company’s glorious 1960s “Total Performance” corporate racing program was the Lotus-tuned Ford Cortina built specifically for Group 2 competition. Powered by the Lotus-developed Ford “Kent” engine with special DOHC cylinder head, the four-speed gearbox from the Lotus Elan, chassis tuning, and other modifications, the Ford Cortina Lotus proved utterly dominant and solidified the careers of the era’s top drivers in circuit races and on rally stages.

While normally based on the Mk I (1963–1966) or Mk 2 (1967–1970) two-door Cortina saloon bodyshell, the Lotus concept captivated legions of racing fans and spurred the creation of this captivating Mk I Cortina Lotus Estate, restored and built to full Lotus Cortina specification and appearance under former owner Robert Herzog of Illinois. A five-speed gearbox delivers even better performance. In August 2016, the Cortina was purchased by a Californian owner and then it joined a prominent Indiana-based collection from which it was purchased by the consignor. Featuring exceptional detailing and authenticity, the Cortina is a standout with its Ermine White paint finish and period-style Minilite wheels. Accompanying items include a book by Mr. Herzog chronicling the restoration and build process, plus detailed receipts, an original Ford Cortina owner’s manual, and a copy of Vintage Motorsport featuring this imaginative and immensely detailed build. As beautiful as it is capable, this alluring custom is an exceptional proposition for Cortina fans everywhere.


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