Wednesday, August 5, 2009

1968 Ford Cortina

Another car you don't see very often in the US. While the Cortina was officially imported to the US and a respectable 50,000 Mk2 Cortinas found homes here, very few remain.

This one is a 1600 Deluxe. The Deluxe was not quite as sporty as the GT, but came with the same 1600 engine. It also has a slightly higher level of trim than the base Cortina.

Mechanically, these cars were fairly sound. The Kent engines tended to use oil, but with regular maintenance they could run for 100,000 miles without much of a problem. The transmission tended to get "clunky" with age, but like the engine, would last for quite some time with proper maintenance.

What killed most Cortinas was rust. Like most cars of this vintage, rustproofing was minimal. Cortinas rusted around the headlights, the front fenders, door bottoms, hood, trunk lip, pretty much everywhere.

It's always been my opinion that Ford missed an opportunity by not promoting the Cortina better in the US. Ford stopped importing it after 1970. It was replaced in the US lineup by the exploding Pinto.

The car being offered on eBay has had a few modifications done to it (Cortinas take very well to modifications and there are all sorts of parts and kits available in England), but nothing that takes away from the car's original charm. The seller claims it's rust free and runs well.

A Cortina won't turn heads when you drive down the street, but it's still a cool old classic and one that you won't see at every car show.

Located in Wingdale, NY, click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

The Australian "Ford Cortina Web Site" has all sorts of useful information about these cars. Click here to find it.


Anonymous said...

The Cortina is another one of those beater cars that I had and enjoyed ! Mine was a 1970 with that 1.6 engine. Trivia: that is the Ford engine that launched the Formula Ford racing series.Lots & lots of speed parts for the upper end because the FF rules allowed valve work, funny carbs & intakes...all sorts of stuff "on top" but no mods to the lower end. Mine had the automatic transmission that had very worn detents for Park, so if you left it idling in Park (like the night I was helping someone jumpstart their car) the tranny would slowly slip into reverse and the car would trundle away gathering both speed and spectators. First the jumper cables went taut, then the clamps on the battery posts went *poink*.....*poink* and then the cable clamps began to drag along the ground as though the car was trolling for potholes. The car moved briskly away with the hood up and drivers' door still open. Next was the 100 Meter Freestyle Automobile Chase to try to get far enough behind the retreating car to get around the swinging door and stomp on the brakes. Afterwards, right next to the jumper cables in the trunk was a hefty homemade pair of wheelchocks as part of my Good Samaritan Kit.

Just A Car Geek said...

Great imagery!