1981 Ford Cortina MkV 1.6L Estate
Offered here with no reserve from a deceased estate;
showing just over 92,800 miles
familiar a part of the British streetscape as the red telephone box, the
much-loved Ford Cortina was the UK’s best-selling car of the ‘70s. And you can
bet that Ian Dury’s ‘Billericay Dickie’ wasn’t alone when he sang the immortal
words: “I had a love affair with Nina in the back of my Cortina”, such was the
impact this car had on popular culture.
revised throughout its 20-year life, it received its final MkV facelift in 1979
with a wider grille, flatter roof and even more glass area which proved enough
to keep it at the top of the sales chart until 1982 when it was finally replaced
by the controversial yet hugely successful Sierra.
This particular 1,593cc estate was first registered in September
1981 and is showing just over 92,800 miles. Little is known about the early
history of the car but after changing hands another three times, it was bought
by the husband of our vendor. Sadly, after passing away last year, his
collection was put up for auction, including a Bentley Mk VI in our last sale.
has not been used a lot recently, so the family decided to do a little remedial
work to get it running. This means it does now run (albeit rather roughly) and
drive but although some work was done to release the seized front and rear
brakes, it was not deemed economical to spend more money on it before it was
offered for sale. Consequently, it will need some work for it to be used safely
on the road.
As can be seen in the photographs,
the bodywork is actually not that bad apart from the obligatory surface rust.
After all, one would not expect a car like this to be perfect, but this is why
it is being offered with no reserve so the highest bidder will purchase it.
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