1965 FORD CORTINA DELUXE FOUR-DOOR SALOON
Registration No. FRT 823C
Vehicle No. BA76EK55251
White with red interior
Engine: four cylinders in line, 1,498cc, 65bhp at 4,800rpm: Gearbox: three speed automatic; Suspension: front, independent Macpherson struts, rear, leaf springs with telescopic shock absorbers; Brakes: discs to the front, drums to the rear. Right hand drive.
The Cortina was brought in by Ford to plug the gap left between its Anglia Popular and Consul Zephyr Zodiac models, competing in the mid-range against the likes of the Vauxhall Victor, Hillman Minx, and Austin A55 Cambridge. With the intention of offering the best possible performance and economy while also minimising production costs, Ford's recently introduced Classic was subjected to an unscrupulous weight- and cost-cutting exercise. The new body signalled a change in design direction with an Italianate style replacing the American influences evident on the slow-selling Classic and Capri. From launch in 1962, the Cortina was originally offered as a two-door in Standard or Deluxe trim. The four-door was soon added, in October, although it was aimed at fleet buyers and was never as popular, meaning that they are now rare.
Various modifications made throughout production included replacement of the suspension and steering systems' grease-nipples with ball joints in July 1963, the addition of childproof locks to the rear doors, and the change to round instruments from the original strip speedometer. December brought with it the option of a Borg-Warner automatic transmission. From October 1964 all Cortina models featured the new 'Airflow' ventilation system, and a heater and screen washers became standard on all but the most basic model. 9½ inch disc brakes were fitted to all models, the grille was redesigned to incorporate the indicators, and the engines gained a higher compression ratio for more power and torque. Production finished towards the end of 1965 with the end-of-line models selling until September 1966. A total of 1,010,090 units were made, a production record for the time, albeit short-lived.
The car that we offer today is one of these final cars, having been manufactured in October 1965. One of the now-rare four-door Deluxe models, it features the optional automatic transmission. The paintwork is believed to have been resprayed some time ago in its original white, but the red vinyl interior looks to be original and in very good condition, even retaining its original rubber mats. The car is in good running order but will require work to its brakes prior to MoT testing; it is sold without documentation.