The Ford Cortina MK2 was the most popular car in the UK during 1967; the look of it is so quintessentially 1960's that its a must-have for many collectors. With the many variations in the body and under the bonnet, it is important to know the details about the Cortina of your dreams before you jump in. When purchasing a classic car, decide whether you want the whole package or a restoration project.
Variations of the Cortina MK2
The Cortina MK2 encapsulates several car models from 1966 to 1970. The original release of the Mark II introduced a car with more interior space and better suspension, amongst other technical improvements. It came in either a two- or four-door saloon style, or a five-door estate style. The Cortina comes with either a three- or four-speed manual transmission. Later versions of the Cortina MK2 also made small aesthetic changes; in 1969, the Mark II got additional chrome strips above and below the taillights, as well as a darkened grille. Certain versions of the Cortina, called the Lotus Cortina, had slightly different specifications, such as dial placement on the dashboard.
The Cortina MK2 Engine
There is no single engine for the Cortina MK2. The original release used a five-bearing 1300 CC engine. However, some models for sale in markets with heavier taxes used a 1200 CC engine. Versions with a 1500 CC engine were only released until the summer of 1967, when a more efficient crossflow cylinder head 1300 CC engine replaced it. Some versions of the Cortina feature a 1600 CC engine.
Buying a Refurbished Cortina MK2
If you want a classic car without the hassle of fixing it up, then look on eBay for a completely restored Cortina MK2. Purchasing a classic Cortina is not fundamentally different that purchasing a new car. Look for vehicles in good working condition, with an engine that runs and a fresh coat of paint. Many car restoration projects make a point of using authentic vintage parts, such as seats and chrome accents. Look for car descriptions that mention using the original interior, if such details are important to you.
Buying a Cortina MK2 That Needs Work
If you want to tackle restoration yourself, you have a bit more freedom; but also a lot more to look out for when car hunting. Keep in mind that the final cost of a fixer-upper and restoration is, on average, one and a half times the cost of a complete car in parts and maintenance. When looking at a Cortina MK2 that needs work, never sink your money into a car with more than one or two small spots of rust. If the car is not currently in running condition, decide how to get it home before you make the purchase. Ask the seller if you have any questions about the engine or the body of the car.