Ford Cortina

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Ford Cortina Overview

Ford of Britain built the Ford Cortina with various forms from 1962 up to 1982. In the 1970s, the Ford Cortina was the best selling car in the United Kingdom. It was produced in 5 generations, the Mark 1 up to Mark V. These 5 generations run from 1962 up to 1982. The Ford Cortina that was created in 1970 onward is almost the same as the German-sold Ford Taunus. It was later replaced by the Ford Sierra in 1982. The spiritual successor of the Ford Cortina was the Ford Sierra. The Sierra is a mid-size family car by Ford Europe. It was built from 1982 up to 1993. The three designers were Robert Lutz, Patrick le Quement, and Uwe Bahnsen. The development of the Sierra was coded as the “Project Toni.” Its Spanish name means mountain range. It was unveiled on September 22, 1982 at the British International Motor Show. It was sold on October 15, 1982 and replaced the Ford Cortina.


The Ford Cortina was launched on September 20, 1962. It focused on the Morris Oxford Farina and Vauxhall Victor buyers. The vehicle was created to be economical, affordable to run, easy, and cheap to produce in Britain. It was created in 5 generations. The fifth-generation was the Cortina 80 facelift of the Mark IV. The five generations covered from 1962 up until 1982.


The Ford Cortina came in different body styles. It came as a 2-door saloon, 5-door wagon, and a 4-door sedan. Roy Brown Jr. is an American car designer who is responsible for Cortina's look. He was the one responsible for the Ford Zephyr, and the Lincoln Futura in 1955. The classic three-box, and sleek lines that are obviously from the 60s era. 

The Cortina also features round headlights with a chrome surround and has a squared mesh for the grille. Ancillary lights and oval corner lamps are in place. Polished metal is what the bumper is made of, and a strip on the hood expresses some sportiness to the vehicle. The edges on the rear end are pointed, and the taillights come in three sections. The back bumper has similar features as the front. An exhaust tip is found on the left side.


The Ford Cortina looks fresh. The carpeting, trim, and seats look good as well.  The upholstery is beige-finished that goes across the seats, the door panels, and over the dash. The steering column also got beige colored upholstery. The metal portions are also finished in the same color as the exterior. Other prominent features are the early strip speedometer that can be found just behind the steering wheel. The tachometer is pod-mounted that can be found on the left portion of the steering column.

Technology & Safety Features

For the tech specifications of the Ford Cortina, it has a roll cage with powder coat, black paint. The Cortina also comes in five colors: grey, silver, red, white and blue. Manufacturers impose a surcharge for other colors except black. The roll cage can come unpainted according to buyer’s choice.

Platform & Chassis

The Ford Cortina has the same platform as the Ford Taunus, however these two are different car models. The Cortina or the “Green Goddess” has a lowered suspension which is a standard that has a semi-elliptic set-up in the back portion. It has a curb weight of 787 kg.

Engine & Drivetrain

The engine of a Ford Cortina is a 1,498cc, four cylinder. It is a rear wheel drive vehicle. Its wheelbase measures 2,490 mm, length is 4,267 mm, width is 1,645 mm, and height is 1,391mm. It produces a power output of 78 hp and 123 Nm of torque.

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