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1969 Ford Cortina 1600E Mark 2

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£11,575

  • Mileage~20,976
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.6L
  • LocationBirmingham

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1969 Ford Cortina 1600E Mark 2

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Introduction

Glyn Parry

"More For Your Money" was one of the slogans used by Fords advertising team when the all new Mk2 Cortina was launched.

With "More Looks…. More Room…. More Go…. More Car for your money", it was a sure fire winner right from the off. Launched in September 1962, the team at Ford had worked hard and fast to bring us the Cortina within the 20 month deadline they had set themselves. In the first year alone, more than 300,000 units were sold, thus proving that Ford had got the Cortina just right.

With other manufacturers aware of the model's success, they started to build their own models to compete with Ford. This is when the Cortina received a major facelift in 1964, which pushed the popularity of the car even further, and by the Autumn of 1966, more than 1 million units had been sold, making the Cortina Britain's most successful car ever built.

This particular example is coming out from 15 years ownership having covered only 9,000 miles in that time. This lovely 1600E comes with a history file dating back to the early 90s when it was restored. Well cared for since then, it presents in very good condition considering a restoration from 30 years ago.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Hamish the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

After seeing one many many years ago, the Ford Cortina is a car I have always wanted to own.

Hamish purchased this lovely Ford Cortina 1600E Mk2 15 years ago, after making a promise to himself that one day he would own a MK2 Cortina. The car was restored in the early 90s, and in the current ownership the car has been clearly well cared for, the condition is very good considering the age of the restoration.

When the restoration took place, the clocks were replaced and since then the car looks to have only covered around 20,000 miles, with 9,000 of those being put on by Hamish using it for classic car rallies and local journeys. Hamish will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.

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Exterior

Finished in Ford Aubergine/Purple, the MK2 Cortina offered more modern styling and luxury thanks to the efforts of styling guru Roy Haynes.

Wheels and Tyres

The wheels are Rostyle wheels and are presented in very good condition. These also have a chrome wheel trims fitted which are in good condition with just a couple of light age related marks.

The tyres are all the same size, they are on the old side, but all have a good amount of tread remaining and don’t show any signs of perishing.

Bodywork

Walking around the car, the panel gaps for the doors, boot and bonnet look to be as they should. The Britax roof was replaced in 1999 and is in a condition you would expect, having covered so few miles.

There are a couple of blisters to the bottom of the doors, although these have not broken through the paint. The driver’s side lower section at the very rear of the car does have some corrosion, but could be quite easily tackled and repaired by your local bodyshop or handy DIY mechanic.

Paint

During the 1992 restoration, the paint was colour was changed back to its original Aubergine. As you can see this has stood the test of time and presents very well today. Thanks to the professional application, the colour, lustre, and finish are even across the entire car.

The boot lid has gone very slightly cloudy in places. This may polish back up, but would need checking by a paint specialist first to make sure. There are some very small micro blisters dotted around in a couple of areas near the rear half of the car, you need to look very closely to notice these though.

Glass and Trim

The glass to the windscreen and side windows all look to be in good condition, there are just some signs of perishing to the window rubbers. Parts for classics such as this one are readily available and it isn't a big job to do.

The lights to the front and rear are all in good condition with no obvious splits or cracks. The chrome trim, which is in excellent order provides a beautiful contrast against the aubergine paintwork.

Please review the image and video gallery for a detailed view of all external areas.

Interior

Black vinyl with a basket weave insert, wood trimmed door tops and dash facia was the order of the day from Ford for the luxury Cortina 1600E.

Seats and Carpets

The seats have been recovered in the original style material. These are presented in very good condition, with one small part on the passenger seat which has come unstitched on the top corner. The door cards are all in lovely condition, with the wood trimmed cappings also in excellent condition.

The carpets throughout the passenger area look to be in good condition, with just some wear to the driver’s side. In the boot there is the original boot mat with the spare wheel to the left. The spare wheel cover does have a tear in it. There is a tool kit hiding to the right. Under the mat and down in the quarters all look to be in good order with no areas for concern.

Dashboard

The dash is well presented and free from cracking to the upper part or the wood facia. The instruments are in nice condition across the dash and are all working as they should. The odometer had a reading of ~20,976 at the time of our visit.

The radio is a Radiomobile unit and does turn on but fails to pick up a radio station, and the clock has also stopped working. Just above are the heater controls, which are in very good condition with no real wear to the lettering.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is a polished aluminium 3 spoke wheel, this does have some age related wear to the leather where it's been caught over time.

The gear stick looks to be the original and shows the 1-4 numbers plus R nice and clear.

Please review the image and video gallery for a detailed view of all internal areas.

Mechanics

Ford installed the more powerful 1600 crossflow engine, this example fitted with a Weber carb and K&N filter, this is a match made in heaven.

Engine and Gearbox

Give it a little choke (remember those), and the 1600 fires up lovely from cold. The car clears its throat through the Weber carburettor and breathes in cold air from the K&N air filter.

Hamish reports, that the crossflow sounds just as it should with no noises that shouldn't be there. The gear change is nice and smooth through the 4-speed gearbox. A stainless steel exhaust was fitted in 2006 which gives a sporty but crisp sounding note.

Looking back through the paperwork there were some piston rings and other engine parts purchased at the same time as the restoration, which could suggest that an engine rebuild has taken place.

Suspension and Brakes

The car sits nice and level and Hamish reports there are no knocks from the suspension. There have been various bushes replaced on the Cortina helping keep on top of any issues.

The brake discs look to be in good order, with no lip to the edges of the discs. They are reported to stop the car nice and straight with a firm feel.

The Drive

The Cortina 1600E is a lovely car to drive. Slide back the Britax roof on a sunny day and off you go. Hamish has mainly used it for the odd weekend run out and attending some classic car shows, and we are sure you’ll agree, it doesn’t look out of place on any show field.

Electrics and Other

Hamish reports that everything is working as it should apart from the already mentioned clock and radio, (which does turn on but wont find a station).

You can see more detailed images in the photography sections.

History and Paperwork

A nice history file comes with the Cortina with invoices dating back to the early 1990’s, restored and clearly cherished since then, it's a beautiful example in Aubergine coming to market.

There are a number of previous invoices for repairs and parts fitted to the car during the restoration in 1992. Also included is a selection of previous MOT certificates. We encourage looking through the paperwork images, where you will see the amount of parts fitted, most of which point to the date of restoration, and since then the car has only covered around 20,000 miles.

We’ve done all our usual checks; Seller ID, V5, HPi - clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.07.2017 MOT 20,788
18.07.2016 MOT 20,599
13.07.2015 MOT 20,569
24.07.2014 MOT 20,166
03.07.2013 MOT 19,515
10.07.2012 MOT 19,116
06.07.2011 MOT 18,405
03.07.2009 MOT 16,842
13.07.2007 MOT 13,171
14.07.2006 MOT 11,471
08.06.2005 MOT 7,060
25.06.2003 MOT 921
26.06.2002 MOT 429
18.06.2001 MOT 17
Key Details
  • ModelCortina 1600E Mk2
  • Transmission4-Speed manual
  • Reg. Date22.08.1969
  • CC1,598
  • Mileage~20,976
  • HistoryPartial
  • ColourAubergine
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #BA97JG40394
  • Engine #40394
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - clear
  • Former Keepers12
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned15 years
  • Key FeatureCondition







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£10,920 bid by Likkleandy 24.08.2021 @ 19:15:56
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steviem666
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steviem666

Hi Hamish, car looks great & well cared for.
Am I right to assume she’s running on unleaded (V Power?) and would you expect her to make it South London if driven with respect of course!
Finally what are your payment terms? Cash, transfer, bit of both?
Kind regards
Steve

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hi Steve,
Thanks for your interest and kind comments.
Yes she runs unleaded and I would expect it to get to South London if driven considerately.
I think that Trade Classics liaise re payment but if it’s my choice I would opt for bank transfer.
Good luck if you decide to bid.

baggiepip3664
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baggiepip3664

Hi Hamish. Live in nearby Dudley and yoy are about 15 mins from me. Anyway interested in car but before I bid is it possible to take a quick look at car? I appreciate auction ends on Tuesday around 6pm

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hi there.Sorry only just picked up your question.
Unfortunately I’m going to be out much of the day so don’t think we’ll be able to fix a meet.
I have to say that the photos and videos do give a fair and accurate portrayal of the car.
Good luck if you decide to bid.

Danny Burke
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Danny Burke

Hi, I’m interested in your car but not happy placing a bid online, do you have it advertised elsewhere and if so how much for ? Thanks Danny

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hi Danny and thanks for the interest.
The terms of my agreement with TradeClassics mean that the car cannot be advertised elsewhere.
I have to say that they are a highly professional team so if I was going to bid on their site I’d have no qualms.
Good luck if you decide to bid.
Regards
Hamish

Paul
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Paul

Hello Hamish, does your 1600e have tramp bars? Its unclear in the photos.

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Thanks for the interest Paul. As far as I know the car has the standard Lotus Cortina rear suspension so if that included tramp bars then…..
I fitted a pair to a 105 Anglia I had many years ago which did make a difference but if you floor this 1600e it takes it happily. Sorry I can’t be more precise.
Regards
Hamish

Likkleandy
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Likkleandy

Does the sunroof work without any leaks.

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Absolutely works fine without any leaks. Thanks for the interest.

£7,500 bid by dave1966 20.08.2021 @ 18:48:37
StevieF2
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StevieF2

Hi Hamish I hope this message finds you well. I’ve owned 3 of these previously, one light Orchid, one red, one gold and one Mk2 Cortina GT which was more or less the same, but not the same if you know what I mean. You’ve kept the car in fantastic condition overall. Hamish, I noticed on the windscreen that there are two spaces in the rubber at either corner, should these have decorative plastic chrome filler pieces in as they don’t look quite right somehow. You didn’t have any issues with rainwater leaks from this or the Webasto sunroof did… Read more »

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hi Steve thanks for your interest and kind comments. I truly don’t know if the rubber splits should have metal trims in them but I can guarantee that I’ve ever had a leak from them or indeed from the sunroof. As an aside the guy who sold me the car said it was rumoured that the screen came from one of the cars that were given to the 1970 England World Cup team but that’s not confirmed.
Thanks for the bid. Good luck!
Kind regards
Hamish

£7,000 bid by StevieF2 20.08.2021 @ 14:10:51
£6,300 bid by deniscomp 20.08.2021 @ 13:42:31
Richard phillips
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Richard phillips

Hello Hamish. I used to own this car back in the 80s & did the resto on it. I sold it back some time in 2007/8 I think when I lived in Crawley West Sussex. God I’d love go get it back. Still looking lovely. Richard.

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hi Richard thanks for giving a little more history of this wonderful car. Not trying to be smart but but I bought it from someone in Redhill in 20006.
Nonetheless over the fifteen years I’ve had it I can see the high standard of work of your resto.
I’ve had to add to that of course and it’s still a great example.
Understand your angst because when it’s gone I shall feel the same.
Best wishes
Hamish

richp
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richp

Yes thinking about it must of been around that time when I sold it . I’m sure he was from Redhill. Have a look on the log book for the last keeper. I’ve still got loads of pictures of the resto. The car used to be gold before I painted it.

richp
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richp

Sorry was also wanted to ask can I come look at the car I’m thinking of placing a bid on it. Are you far from Crawley ? And if poss when is a good time to see it. Thank you. Rich.

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hi Rich,
Checked again and I bought it from a guy in Redhill.
You can view it if you like but I’m in Oldbury which is close to Birmingham. Bit of a journey.
I have to say that the photos and videos give a fair and accurate portrayal of the car as it is today.
Regards
Hamish

Geoff Chan
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Geoff Chan

Hi Hamish,
do you know where the car was originally registered in the UK.
Was it from the Merseyside area do you know ?

Regards

Hamish McMillan
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Hamish McMillan

Hello Geoff,
Thanks for the interest but I’m afraid I have no answers to your questions. The history I have seems to show that the car has spent most of it’s life in the south. If you decide to bid I wish you well.
Apologies
Hamish

£6,000 bid by rhowell203 19.08.2021 @ 15:53:09
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