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1970 Ford Cortina 1600 GT Crayford (Mk2)

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  • Mileage~21,898 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.6L
  • LocationHindhead


1970 Ford Cortina 1600 GT Crayford (Mk2)

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Alan Stuart
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

Being the last of the Mk2’s, the Cortina 1600GT Crayford Convertible benefits from the significant facelift upgrades.

The Ford Cortina was initially launched in 1962 and by 1966 had become Fords most successful UK car to date. The Cortina Mk2 was launched to the press in September 1966 and continued production until 1970. The Mk 2 was face-lifted towards the end of its production run making significant improvements, including a redesign of virtually the whole car with the new crossflow high compression engine, improved suspension and lower noise levels. This 1.6 GT 2 door was converted by Crayford from brand new and sold by Ford Main Dealers; Oakley’s Motor Services in Alton. Crayford Auto Developments converted around 400 Cortinas and the Mk2 Convertible was available from launch in 1966. Crayford developed the car secretly so that it could be seen at the 1966 Motor Show alongside the all new Mk2.

This particular Cortina comes to market from a remarkable ~50 year ownership, garaged all this time, it has only one previous owner too. Although exempt, the Cortina has an MOT to valid until 03.04.2025.

This listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Ronald the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I have owned and enjoyed this car for over ~50 years, and have used it sparing over that time.

Ronald bought the car in 1973 from the first owner of the car while he was running his own bodyshop. He has been in the motor trade all his working life. Ronald has resprayed the car keeping it the original "Ermine White" over 40 years ago. He came to acquire the car after the original owner had the car in for some body repairs he couldn't afford to pay for, Ronald of course able to fix the car at his own expense.

The car was mainly used for high days, local motor shows and friends weddings, hence the low mileage. Ronald has always kept the car garaged and it really shows. He will be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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The Crayford conversion looks great with both the roof up or down.

Wheels and Tyres

The Cortina GT is fitted with 13” Rostyle steel wheels, they are in decent condition, with no major damage visible in terms of curb marks. However there are some very small spots of corrosion present on the wheel faces as pictured.

The Michelin XZX tyres look to be in reasonable condition, and while they have passed MOT checks regularly, they are old and may want to be considered for replacement.


The doors open and close with surprising ease for a convertible, a testament to the engineering that went into the conversion. The panel alignment is straight across the car, we didn't notice any major dings or dents neither. The hood operates perfectly well, there are levers to pull to release the manual hood and a full tonneau comes with the car which we think has never been fixed from new.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finish in Paint Code BA/AB – "Ermine White" it is even and commensurate with the age. The car was resprayed over ~40 years ago by Ronald in his commercial bodyshop. On very close inspection there is some blistering under the paint surface and some paint cracking at the bottom of one of the front wings. Overall the car presents well.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass appears to be in good condition, the front windows wind up and down nicely and the rear quarter windows wind down into the bodywork in a pivotal fashion as they should. This is one of the ways to confirm you have a genuine Crayford Conversion.

The hood looks to be in a good condition and the rear window clear. We lowered the hood during the shoot as pictured.


Like stepping into a time warp, the interior of the Cortina looks like it's just come off the production line.

Seats and Carpets

As you can see from the photographs the seats, both front and rear are in great condition, we didn't notice any rips or wear to speak of during the visit.

The car comes with the original carpets, keeping a car garaged and out of the sunlight makes a huge difference. View the images to see the detail.


Being the face-lift Mk2 1600 GT, this car comes with the wood dash and door capping. The wood is in good condition, however we did notice some very fine cracking in the varnish.

The GT dashboard comes with the sporty looking 6 dials which appear to all work correctly. The door cards present in excellent condition for a car of over ~53 years old.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The leather trimmed, drilled alloy steering wheel looks exactly right for a 70’s classic and was standard on the GT. It shows small signs of wear, as does the gearstick, in line with what you'd expect from a car of this vintage.

We've captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior in our gallery section.


The 1600 Crossflow means the GT pulls strongly, providing ~92BHP when new.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine started without any issues first time and continued to do so throughout the shoot. The gearbox can be seen changing up and down the gears on the driving video with no issues.

Watch our video to see and hear the car in action.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension had no noticeable clonks or noises and rode very smoothly during our test drive. The brakes pulled the car up nicely and straight.

The Drive

For a 2 door car converted to a convertible the car appears to be very smooth and surprisingly free from scuttle shake on the route we took which did include sleeping policemen. There were no unwanted sounds from either the suspension, brakes or engine.

Electrics and Other

The gauges appeared to all work correctly during the shoot, Ronald assures us all the electrical components of the car are working as expected.

The 1600 engine is still using the dynamo which it came with from new. The car will come with a new MOT.

History and Paperwork

Coming to market from over ~50 year ownership, this very rare Mk2 Crayford Cortina 1600GT comes with a stamped Ford service book and owners manual, and presents in remarkable condition.

Ronald did his own servicing during his ~50 year tenure, in his own commercial bodyshop. He didn’t keep a record of what was done and when, but he tells us if anything needed doing it was taken car of, as can be deduced by looking at the cars condition as it stands today. A new MOT has been carried out and is valid until 03.04.2025.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
04.04.2024 MOT 21,903
15.09.2022 MOT 21,811
15.09.2021 MOT 21,763
07.08.2019 MOT 21,714
07.08.2018 MOT 21,679
14.08.2017 MOT 21,669
27.11.2015 MOT 21,608
05.08.2014 MOT 21,567
15.03.2013 MOT 21,528
31.10.2009 MOT 21,494
26.06.1978 Service 20,085
22.08.1974 Service 17,110
25.04.1972 Service 9,072
24.08.1971 Service 4,003
Key Details
  • ModelCortina 1600 GT Crayford Convertible (Mk2)
  • Transmission4-Speed Manual
  • Reg. Date21.07.1970
  • CC1,598
  • Mileage~21,898 on Clock, 21,903 at MOT
  • HistoryPartial
  • ColourErmine White
  • Interior ColourBiscuit
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #BA96KY35788
  • Engine #KY35788
  • Last Service26/06/78 20,085 miles
  • MOTYes Valid Until 03.04.2025
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes All Clear
  • Former Keepers1
  • Tyre BrandMichelin
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~50 Years
  • Key FeatureLow mileage, long ownership, excellent condition
  • Auction ID1822

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Hi very nice car can u tell me how many from new you have m o t certificates
Is the car registration with the cray Ford club


It looks like you’ve only done 50 miles a year by the history of the MOT and why does it have Hood clips on the doors ?


Hi Ron,
Does it still have it’s original front wings and sills,has it had much welding underneath.
With regards,


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