Cortina 1600 GT Crayford Conv.

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The second incarnation of the Cortina was designed by Roy Haynes, and launched on 18 October 1966, four years after the original Cortina. Although the launch was accompanied by the slogan “New Cortina is more Cortina”, the car, at 427 cm long, was fractionally shorter than before, however, it had 6.4 cm of extra width and curved side panels that provided more interior space. Other improvements included a smaller turning circle, softer suspension, self-adjusting brakes and clutch, together with the availability on the smaller-engined models, for the UK and some other markets.

A stripped-out 1,200 cc version running the engine of the Ford Anglia Super was also available for certain markets, where the 1,300 cc engine attracted a higher rate of tax. The 1,500 cc engines were at first carried over from the Mk 1, but were discontinued in July 1967 as a new engine was on its way. A month later, in August, the 1300 received a new crossflow cylinder head design, making it more efficient, while a crossflow 1,600 replaced the 1,500. The new models carried additional “1300” or “1600” designations at the rear.

Crayford were coachbuilders that built convertible versions of the Cortina and  produced as many as three a week with a total production run of over 400 convertibles and a handful of cabriolets; this makes the car particularly rare and desirable.



Phil Drew is a big Cortina and Crayford fan, he’s a member of the Crayford Convertible Club and has owned this lovely example since 2015.  During his ownership he has maintained the car to a high standard and has enjoyed owning and driving it regularly.

The only reason Phil has reluctantly decided to sell the car is due to the fact his moving abroad and can’t take it with him.

Phil tells us, “The car is a joy to drive, a real head turner and always gets comments where ever she goes”.  Phil will be sad to see her go, but is very keen to now find a new custodian to look after her.



The exterior of the car is in really good condition in bright orange paint with a new mohair hood.

Wheels & Tyres
Minilite wheels are fitted with good tyres all around.

Phil tells us the body is in really good condition and always garaged during his ownership. The underside is also in good condition with no rot.

The car has been painted at some point during its life and looks lovely and bright in its distinctive orange colour.

Glass and Trim
Phil tells us all glass is in good visible condition. The chrome / brightwork has the patina you’d expect with the age and original state of the car.



The interior is a lovely place to be with beautiful grey leather seats that contrast well to the exterior orange colour.

Seats and Carpets
The front and rear seats are all in lovely condition with no rips or tears. The same too is said for the carpets as Phil has recently had a new set fitted.

The gauges are in original condition and Phil confirms they all work correctly. The dashboard is in good condition too with no splits.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Phil has the original steering wheel and it will be supplied with the sale together with the Moto-Lita version that is currently fitted.



The car has just passed its MOT on 18th April, although it is now exempt.  Phil wanted to put a fresh MOT on for total peace of mind.

Engine and Gearbox
Phil tells us there are no issues with the engine and gearbox and starts easily and idles under 1,000 RPM.  In fact Phil says the gearbox is really smooth and has a standard set with gears 1,2,3 and 4, as normal, and reverse is down and back towards drivers seat.  The car doesn’t smoke and although its not been modified to tun on unleaded, Phis has had a device in the tank fitted that introduces lead substitute over a slow period and lasts for 10 years.

Suspension and Brakes
Phil has confirmed the car brakes well (as just validated with the recent MOT) and handbrake holds the car firm too.

The Drive
No issues reported and Phil says the car steers straight and feels good on the road.  The car has no power steering and feels really good in the corners.

Electrics and Other
No issues.



Phil has maintained the car to a high standard since 2015 and it also comes with a very extensive folder of history, receipts and previous MOT’s.

The car is reading just over 88k miles, although we can’t guarantee this mileage, it is largely supported by history and previous MOT’s.

HPi Check Results
– A full HPi check is in progress, however Phil has confirmed there is no previously recorded accident history or outstanding finance.

Previous MOTs
– Previous MOT’s are included.



Fords are hot property right now and we’ve seen a significant increase in prices over the last couple of years.  The market favours fast and rare examples.  This car certainly wears the ‘rare’ badge as only a few hundred were made by Crayford.

If you are looking for an investment car that you can also use and enjoy this summer, then this is just what you’ve been looking for.

Please get in touch with me to discuss this opportunity further. You can also ask Phil any questions about the car in the comments section below.

In terms of value, this car is considered ‘good’ condition and priced to sell during the Pre-Auction process, so a real opportunity to grab a great and desirable car.



This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Phil (owner and seller of the vehicle).

If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Phil will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.

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