Rolling back the years – Ford Cortina
If you'd walked into a Ford main dealer in Gloucestershire in October of the year that America landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon, Lesley Hornby – aka Twiggy – wore a mini-skirt and England beat Germany 4-2 to win the World Cup, you'd have been looking at the second generation of the phenomenally successful, million-selling Cortina.
Yes, it was in 1966 that Ford revised the Cortina with a new boxier body styling, with clean lines, curved side windows, and a chic new interior that offered more space and comfort than the previous model with a price tag of £589.00 – something like £20,120.00 today.
However, any worries that the MkII would not achieve the same levels of sales success as its illustrious predecessor was short lived as the new model attained record sales figures in the UK, clocking up over 100,000 units in the first four months after the car's launch.
The Cortina 1600E, marketed to broaden the Cortina's appeal into a higher market segment, was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1967, a year after the arrived of the Cortina Mark II.
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Costing £982.00 (£31,990.00 at 2013 prices), it combined the lowered Lotus Cortina's suspension with the high-tune GT 1600 Kent engine and luxury trim featuring a burr walnut woodgrain-trimmed dashboard and door cappings, bucket seating, sports steering wheel and full instrumentation inside, while a black grille, tail panel, front fog lights and plated Rostyle wheels featured outside.
Those were the days!