The FORD CORTINA
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
The Ford Cortina was first produced in the UK in 1962, with the Mk 1 being built until 1966. The final Mk 5 model was eventually replaced by the Sierra in 1982. The Mk 1 cost under £700 to buy and was made using the mechanical parts from other Ford models. Despite this, it was still the UK's best-selling car for nearly two decades, which is why it goes down as an all-time classic.
At some point in the 1970s, my Dad bought a brand new dark blue Cortina. Unfortunately, my Mum managed to scratch the roof while reversing it out of the garage - I believe that the door didn't hold tightly in place and fell onto the roof! We solved the problem by having a black vinyl roof covering made and it actually looked pretty damn cool back in the 70s!
The Mk3 Cortina with its four round headlamps at the front became iconic during the 1970s and is many people's favourite model. It looked larger than the Mk II, but was actually the same length and around 4 inches wider, although the wheelbase was 76mm longer which helped to create a more spacious interior. It was also a heavier car than the Mk II.
Public domain image of a Mk5 Ford Cortina 2.0 Ghia Automatic. Original image here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/165143457@N06/48024455582
This is a Mk1 from the 60s and it's my personal favourite out of all the Cortina models.