4,877 miles from new
1965 FORD CONSUL CORSAIR DELUXE 120E FOUR DOOR SALOON
Registration No. KPC 707C
Chassis No. BB16ER22888
Engine No. 120E166738
Green with green interior
Engine: four cylinders in line, overhead valves, 1498cc, 60bhp at 4,600rpm: Gearbox: three speed automatic: Suspension: front, independent coil springs, rear, semi-elliptical leaf springs: Brakes: drums all round. Right hand drive.
During development of the Cortina, Ford had realised that the Corsair's predecessor, the Classic, was prohibitively expensive to build considering its market sector, and that this was an important factor in the public's reluctance to endorse it. Consequently the unloved Classic was replaced in 1963 by the Corsair. Occupying the mid-range gap between the smaller Cortina and the larger Zephyr, the Corsair incorporated modern, quirky styling that blended American and European influences in a distinctive package that has more than a hint of Thunderbird in its forward profile. It was based upon a Cortina floorpan with extra inches added in the regions of the front wings, and the scuttle area, and represented a step forward for Ford in terms of its use of existing materials to create a new and distinct model. Though not exactly beautiful, the Corsair's popularity was slow-burning but consistent, as evidenced through its longevity; production did not finish until the end of 1970, with a total run approaching 300,000 cars.
Although it was hardly rare in its day, the sight of a Corsair on the road is now a highly uncommon occurrence, and the example we offer today is a truly incredible find. Assembled at Ford's Halewood plant in June 1965, it was first registered on 1st October to Mr. Royden Day of Ashford, Middlesex, in whose ownership it remained until being acquired by the Sharpes. The condition of the green paintwork and green interior reflects the displayed mileage of just 4,877, and the engine bay is similarly clean and correct. It also features the optional automatic transmission. Totally original in every respect, this is a highly unusual and rare opportunity to purchase an ultra-low mileage example of a car that was once a common feature on our roads. It is sold with old-style buff logbook, modern V5, and its last MoT certificate dating from 2nd May 1973.