1970 Lotus Cortina Mk2

Ermine White over Sherwood Green Stripes
Saloon
4 Speed Manual
1557 cc Twin Cam
98,325 miles
A$ 94,995

The Cortina Lotus was initially manufactured in 1963, after Colin Chapman expressed his desire to commence building his own engines for Lotus. He commissioned Harry Mundy to design a twin overhead camshaft cylinder head for the Ford Kent engine. Engineering expertise from Cosworth was adopted in order to fine-tune the engines and a 4 speed Ford gearbox was mated to the 1.5 litre 4 cylinder engine. In addition, the suspension was modified from the original Cortina, whereby the spring and damper rates were tweaked which resulted in a reduced ride height and thus a legend was born.

Following on from the enormous success of the Cortina Lotus Mk1, Ford introduced the Cortina Lotus Mk2 in 1967 with the famous Lotus 1600 twin cam engine now giving 109bhp. Externally all the cars had a black front grill, 5.5J x 13 steel wheels and Lotus badges on both rear wings and by the rear numberplate. The gearbox ratios remained to 2000E spec, but the final drive was lengthened to 3.77 to 1 from 3.9 to 1 and comfort and handling improvements were made with a larger fuel tank and radial tyres.

Finished in traditional White with Sherwood Green Stripes, this timeless example is one of the best we have seen. Complete with original sales docket (in GBP, S, D) and delivered in September 1970 to Sqdn Leader D.E Burton, this award winning example has a full document file as testimony to is ownership and provenance.

Arriving in Australia in 2010, and showing 98,326 miles, this car has formed part of a private collection and has been exceptionally preserved in condition and originality. The interior retains the same level of authenticity with seats, headlining dashboard, gauges and door cars in perfect condition.

The result today is a most desirable Cortina Lotus Mk2 to be used and enjoyed by its next owner and appreciate over time, as has been the case with Mk1's during the last 5 years. Offered at a most realistic estimate, don't miss the boat on these iconic little British sports coupes as prices continue to march North.

Boasting a boot full of 'Top Judged' awards from both the UK and Australia, this example is perfect for the serious Lotus collector to carry the legacy forward.

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