Ford Cortina w Polsce jest praktycznie nieznany, choć w Wielkiej Brytanii był przez szereg lat najbardziej popularnym samochodem na rynku. Ford Cortina Cabriolet to jednak rodzynek – w pierwszej serii zbudowano ich około 50, w drugiej – z której pochodzi licytowany jutro na Techno Classica Essen egzemplarz – powstało około 200 sztuk, z czego zaledwie 6 z kierownicą po lewej stronie! Mimo wyjątkowości – egzemplarz nie powinien sprawiać problemów – przeszedł odbudowę silnika w 2012 r., a przez popularność swoich braci sedanów z zakupem eksploatacyjnych części nie będzie problemu. Przewidywana cena: ok. 80-100 tys. zł.
Estimate: €20,000 – €25,000
Registration Number: Dutch registered
Chassis Number: CN92HG71
From its introduction in 1962 until well into the 1970s Ford’s legendary Cortina was the best-selling car in Great Britain, and when, after a few years of production demand was detected for a convertible version, economies of scale meant that it was viable to allow an outside constructor to take over the job.
The distinction fell to Crayford Motors, but they had hardly got into their stride with the Mk.1 convertible, (only around fifty had been built in 1965 and 1966) when Ford told Crayford there would be an “all new” model of the Cortina at the October 1966 Motor Show. Crayford obviously did not want to wait up to a year to develop a Mk.2 Cortina convertible, so they asked Ford if they could supply a car immediately for development work, but they were told that no pre-production cars where available.
In any case, the car was top secret until press day at the Motor Show, but Ford did eventually agree to ship, in great secrecy, a Mk.2 two-door bodyshell and all the mechanical parts in kit form.
Crayford then began building the car at the Westerham factory with only two weeks to go. Director Jeff Smith set about converting the car into a Crayford convertible, virtually single-handed, working night and day on the project. The result was, that when the Earl’s Court show opened, on press day, the Ford Motor Company had on their stand (No.143), an entire range of six all-new Cortina saloons, estate cars and GT’s – but not far away on stand No.173, some of their thunder was stolen by a bevy of trendy dolly girls in black and white chequered mini dresses, surrounding a shiny metallic Blue Mink Crayford Cortina Mk.2 convertible.
Crayford soon had a full order book and made two or three a week, with a total production run of over 200 convertibles. This is only one of 6 left hand drive Cortina Cabriolets produced, originally delivered in the Netherlands and offered today with Dutch registration.
The body, finished in metallic Dark Green, is in excellent overall condition, including an unusually well-fitting hood.
Of course the car is as straightforward and well-made as any Cortina, and the engine, rebuilt in 2012, is also reported to be in fine fettle.
Rarely are any of these charming Crayford cars offered, and with just 6 left and drive examples made – don’t miss this one.