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Lotus Cortina

This one was a pain to research and to find decent pictures, which I didn't get in the end, so I had to settle with what was available...

It was based on a Ford Cortina, and tuned up by Lotus.

Specs are for the Mk1.

Engine configuration: I4
Displacement: 1,558cc
Power: 105bhp
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Sub zero in the day, still cool now !!

All the photos were probably in black and white
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Wish I could get my hands on one.Super Cool.
Pity you didn't get a pick of the rear,the peace sign tail-lights are cool.
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Cool now - anything with Lotus in it just has to be - except the flower or software that is

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In the fridge.
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Cool now - anything with Lotus in it just has to be - except the flower or software that is
That's just given me an idea for a cool wall contender.
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Wish I could get my hands on one.Super Cool.
Pity you didn't get a pick of the rear,the peace sign tail-lights are cool.
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Thanks Boss!
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Here's a cool picture of a Lotus Cortina which is currently my desktop background;

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Sub Zero for sure
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Cold enough for frostbite
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What's so special about this car??

Up until two hours ago, I didn't even know of its existance...
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Sub Zero
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What's so special about this car??

Up until two hours ago, I didn't even know of its existance...
It's stunningly beautiful, an icon of British Auto Industry (IMHO )
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It was very,very fast
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Read about it here

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Sub-Zero

My dad has told me all about Jim Clark driving them sideways.
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Don't touch one, your hand might freeze
Ant, nothing anywhere in the motoring world could compete with this car when it was announced. Not many cars have ever been made that have caused such a sensation,hence its place in motoring folklore.

Bruce Reynolds used one of the earliest ones of these to drive around Buckinghamshire planning the Great Train Robbery. After doing a few miles in it he took it back to a specialist to have mods done to suit himself(he was an accomplished driver). Anyway events took their course and Bruce never did pick up his car and it stayed in the corner of the garage for years, eventually being moved to the Lotus museum. Its now in a private collection I think.
 
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What's so special about this car??

Up until two hours ago, I didn't even know of its existance...
Ant, as someone who actually had one in 1966, I can tell you.
Nothing special. Mine was about 140 bhp, LSD, fibreglass bonnet, doors etc. Minilite wheels. It was a pig to drive, too large a frontal area to be competitive, (Anglias could drive away), but you could always aim about 18 inches over the grass, and never touch it.
Most of these engines would do about 40000, then eat the pistons.
Jim clark had a quick one, but with full double wishbone front end.
Once had the throttle stick open on a fairly sharp bend at 110, even though it had the regulation double springs.
Nothing nice at all, and the Ford/Lotus engine was not good.

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Ant, as someone who actually had one in 1966, I can tell you.
Nothing special. Mine was about 140 bhp, LSD, fibreglass bonnet, doors etc. Minilite wheels. It was a pig to drive, too large a frontal area to be competitive, (Anglias could drive away), but you could always aim about 18 inches over the grass, and never touch it.
Most of these engines would do about 40000, then eat the pistons.
Jim clark had a quick one, but with full double wishbone front end.
Once had the throttle stick open on a fairly sharp bend at 110, even though it had the regulation double springs.
Nothing nice at all, and the Ford/Lotus engine was not good.
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Handling looks no problem...


but they were a car that was lusted after

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Handling looks no problem...


but they were a car that was lusted after
So was the 1200cc pushrod Cortina.
See what I mean about the near side front wheel, could have been stuck about a foot further in, and never touched the grass.
Mine was the early A bracket rear, which was superceded by cart springs.
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Don't agree with some of this, having watched Jim Clarke hussle around MacIntyres at Brands, on three wheels, seeing those Mustangs off in the Clubmans Event, back in the sixties, cool as a lollipop, imo.
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So was the 1200cc pushrod Cortina.
I had one... Maroon
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