The Cortina was launched in September 1962, and was designed to be economical, cheap to run. , the car was launched as the Consul Cortina until a modest facelift in 1964, after which it was sold simply as the Cortina.
The Cortina was available with 1200 and 1500 four-cylinder engines with all synchromesh gearbox, in two-door and four-door saloon, as well as in five-door estate forms. Standard, Deluxe, Super, and GT trims were offered but not across all body styles. . There were two main variations of the Mark 1. The Mark 1a possessed elliptical front side-lights, whereas the Mark 1b had a re-designed front grille incorporating the more rectangular side-light and indicator units. A notable variant was the Ford Cortina Lotus.
The car offered by the vendor is said to be entirely rust-free and has been kept in a dry environment by the previous owned in the south of France. The car has previously had a re-paint due to fade-out of the red pigment, and an engine rebuild some 2,000 kilometres ago. The original gearbox has been recently rebuilt by specialists in Kent. As a Mk1 GT the car is an excellent example of a good straight Cortina that is perfectly useable as a daily drive, and at the same time an appreciating asset that is a solid investment opportunity.
NOVA declared and a V5c registration document has been applied for.