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FIA-Spec 1965 Ford Cortina GT Private

Cars Ontario   124 views
Location: Ontario
Price: $33,500 Negotiable

This 1965 Ford Cortina GT has been restored to FIA specification for historic race and rallying. The previous owner had commissioned Greenwood Motorsports in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, England to complete the build with a Vegantune Lotus twin-cam engine, Leda performance suspension, a fully seam-welded body, full safety equipment, and more detailed below. The car is sold with FIA credentials for class CT8 and has completed a couple of hundred shakedown miles since completion but has not seen competition. Overall this is a very clean build utilizing many high quality parts with careful attention to detail.

In the mid-1960s, Ford teamed up with Colin Chapman at Lotus to homologate the Cortina GT for FIA Group 2 competition. Starting from a 1965 airflow RHD GT shell, this car was fully stripped, seam welded and reassembled/resprayed. The current seller originally planned to run it in the Targa Newfoundland but other projects have gotten in the way.

Paint finish appears excellent and sheet metal is completely free of rust and very straight. Like the original cars, the body shell is lightened with an aluminum hood, trunk, and door skins. Note the freshly chromed front quarter bumpers and Cibie Occars and covers.

Above is a photo of  the shell during prep. Additional photos of the car prior to final reassembly are viewable in the gallery below. Other notable exterior features include 5.5″ wide steel wheels with 175/70/15 Toyo Snowprox tires. The pale blue and white Lotus Cortina-inspired paint scheme looks good, and a red rear fog lamp and adjacent clear lens spotlight/reversing lamp are both functional.

The interior is well done with correct aluminum dash and Smiths instruments. Modern Corbeau seats are matched with Sabelt four point harnesses which are fine for tours and low-key rallies but will need to be updated for serious competition due to age. Also notable is a full FIA-spec roll cage, hard-plumbed Felin fire suppression system, Brantz rally computer, Moto-Lita steering wheel, and proper Lotus wooden shift knob. Note also the dash mounted compass and stopwatch.

The trunk is nicely equipped with two powder coated spare wheels wearing fresh rubber, a fuel cell, and relocated battery. Like the interior and engine bay, all metal surfaces are finished in off-white.

The Vegantune built Lotus twin-cam makes strong power and features polished dual Weber carburetors, a large bore header, and 2 1/4 inch exhaust. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential via a Ford 2000E 4-speed gearbox with an aluminum bellhousing and competition clutch. The seller says the LSD is rather aggressive and chatters in tight turns.

Other build details include an upgraded front cross member, strut tower brace, aluminum sump guard, internally routed braided steel brake lines with cabin-adjustable bias control, all new Leda performance suspension, an oil cooler, twin electric fuel pumps with a pressure regulator, braided, internally run fuel lines and Lotus aluminum wedges installed in both rear springs.