The Ford Lotus Cortina is a hybrid of two manufacturers; Lotus Cars and Ford. It remained in production from 1963 to 1970—in the United Kingdom—where it gained its reputation as one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. From winning races throughout the world with a fastest recorded top speed of 147mph (this happened at Mount Panorama Bathrust, in Australia), to providing enthusiasts with a more dynamic, better distributed, and lighter weight luxury automobile, the Lotus Cortina Mk1 is considered to be one of the classiest and high-performing cars ever to be engineered.
The cream white with the green stripe remained consistent throughout its production, and became colors that symbolized some of the greats like Jack Sears, Jim Clark, and Sir John Whitmore, all of which won tournaments with the Mk1.
When you pop the hood (see above pictures), the twin double-choke Weber carburetors are a thing of beauty. We’ve removed our old engine and put it on a block, which is what’s featured beside our Lotus. Any sports car enthusiast, racing fan, or British automobile fanatic holds a special place in their heart for the Mk1. We do too.