1965 Lotus Cortina Mk1
This car is a genuine Lotus Cortina, restored to a competition specification by a prominent US Ford collector, who then raced it at many prestigious American historic events. The restoration included fitting some original works Lotus Cortina parts, from Sir John Whitmore’s 1966 Trans-Am car (fuel tank, fuel filler, bonnet, bootlid and dashboard).
The immaculate bodyshell has been seam-welded, fitted with a rollcage, and painted in Alan Mann Racing livery. The car was then built up with first-class components, including lightweight racing parts and upgraded brakes. The project was completed in time for the 100th Anniversary of Ford Racing in Michigan, which it attended and was driven by Sir John Whitmore. It has also featured in many of the most prestigious historic events in the USA (photos on file)
As it stands the car is an excellent example of a high-performance Lotus Cortina MK1, ready to go for historic circuit racing, endurance rallying or fast road and track day use.
Special equipment includes:
1598cc Lotus Twin cam engine built to racing specification with forged internals and baffled sump.
Three-rail gearbox with aluminium tailshaft housing
Racing rear axle with lightweight rear brakes and Quaife LSD
Alan Mann rear leaf springs
Competition front crossmember
Adjustable Lotus track control arms
4-point driver harness
Lexan side and rear windows
Stainless steel exhaust system
Original Alan Mann works Cortina fuel tank – modified to use fuel cell for safety
Original Alan Mann works Cortina dashboard and instruments
Wilwood front brake calipers
Twin circuit brake system with adjustable balance
Braided steel Aeroquip lines all round
Minilite aluminium wheels
*All taxes paid in the UK and DVLA registration pending
For further information please contact Jamie Matthews or Lotus Sales on 01483 281000.