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View Poll Results: Cortina mk3 - cool or not?
Sub-zero 2 4.76%
Cool 24 57.14%
Uncool 11 26.19%
Seriously uncool 2 4.76%
Meh 3 7.14%
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When a design is just right, it's just right.

Launched in 1970 this was the car that launched many a young childs love of hammering cars with hammers. In my case, dad had a succession of 'Tinas, culminating in a 2000GT in metallic light blue, black vinyl roof. Twin headlights. It looked like something american and muscly and my dad said it would crack 100mph (though perhaps not as decisively as his old Corsair V4).

so, a coke-bottled rust bucket - but I love em.
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So eminently customisable, but basically right in standard - with rostyle wheels. Yum.
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That bodywork had what they called the "coke bottle" style . Cool,
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I owned a Cortina 2000E. It was my first car so it can only ever be
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Aye go on then, Cool.
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Cool car.

I remember my dad having a Daytona Yellow 2 door GT when I was a boy.
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Yeah, why not, cool.
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Has Ford lost its cool or is the world different now?
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Has Ford lost its cool or is the world different now?
I think at the time they looked across the Atlantic for inspiration. If they did that now, the results are likely to be fairly miserable. It also comes from a time when a lot of people were probably grateful to have a car at all, let alone the latest 2000e or GXL.

Mainstream car makers don't seem to have a sense of humour nowadays though, it's all about bluetooth, gadgets to make up for your inability to reverse, and cupholders, and it's all terribly serious. Back then it was enough to just look a bit rock and roll and transatlantic. You knew by the classic tinnilite wheels and the vinyl roof that your car was better than George next door's Marina and that was all that mattered. Nobody gave a **** that the glovebox lid fit was a bit crap or that there were no seatbelts in the back. I doubt that, in 40 years time, anyone will even be able to be arsed to debate whether the current Mondeo Titanium X is cool or not.

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When a design is just right, it's just right.

Launched in 1970 this was the car that launched many a young childs love of hammering cars with hammers. In my case, dad had a succession of 'Tinas, culminating in a 2000GT in metallic light blue, black vinyl roof. Twin headlights. It looked like something american and muscly and my dad said it would crack 100mph (though perhaps not as decisively as his old Corsair V4).

so, a coke-bottled rust bucket - but I love em.
I 110% agree if that's possible. I remember cracking the ton (on a racing track of course) somewhere down the M62. A big hill and lots of (Coke ) bottle.

Orrible drive, floppy, bouncy, like it's on ice all the time but a corker and as rusty as ****. I replaced all the replaceable panels on mine. Love the look even today.
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No not cool, the Mk2 is, this isn't.
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Definitely seriously uncool.

One of the worst cars Ford ever made! Apart from the "coke bottle styling" just as it was going out of fashion (which the Taunus version didn't have) & the tacky interiors - Ford's imitation wood at its worst & for real tackiness see the GT's steering wheel - it was a mechanical disaster.

Drivetrain vibrations caused by the rear UJ working at too acute an angle, front suspension misalignment causing rapid front tyre wear &, the crowning glory, Pinto engine camshafts which lasted 30,000 miles if you were lucky, because of lack of lubrication.

These faults had pretty well all been cured by the time the MKIV was introduced, but by that time the Vauxhall Cavalier had taken a large slice of the Cortina's market, a situation from which Ford never really recovered.

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I owned both, a MkII followed by a MkIII.I have to agree about the drivetrain problems, which iirc upset the pre-loaded rear axle pinion bearings.

Rear suspension bushes needed replacing as well on mine.

Plus the valve train oil feed, again iirc?
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Oh! Also had the use of a bright red 2000 E, with a vinyl roof on the firm. :
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dad had a GXL,cool
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It's quite easy to be seduced by the swoopy lines and sepia tint of "my dad had one" lenses. Mine didn't btw but I drove a couple. It looks quite handsome compared to many bland, modern stuff. It's quite nice from a nostalgic and a bit different POV today. That's as good as it gets IMHO.

They were sh1tty repmobiles, thrown together with dodgy engines sporting marshmallow camshafts and quilted vinyl interiors that scorched off the flesh from bare legs in summer and chilled to the bone in winter. It's a boring fleet fodder family car in reality. They didn't even drive very well.

Uncool.


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It's quite easy to be seduced by the swoopy lines and sepia tint of "my dad had one" lenses. Mine didn't btw but I drove a couple. It looks quite handsome compared to many bland, modern stuff. It's quite nice from a nostalgic and a bit different POV today. That's as good as it gets IMHO.

They were sh1tty repmobiles, thrown together with dodgy engines sporting marshmallow camshafts and quilted vinyl interiors that scorched off the flesh from bare legs in summer and chilled to the bone in winter. It's a boring fleet fodder family car in reality. They didn't even drive very well.

Uncool.
But if you compare then to the offerings from other manufacturers such as the Avenger, and Marina they were much better.
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It's quite easy to be seduced by the swoopy lines and sepia tint of "my dad had one" lenses. Mine didn't btw but I drove a couple. It looks quite handsome compared to many bland, modern stuff. It's quite nice from a nostalgic and a bit different POV today. That's as good as it gets IMHO.

They were sh1tty repmobiles, thrown together with dodgy engines sporting marshmallow camshafts and quilted vinyl interiors that scorched off the flesh from bare legs in summer and chilled to the bone in winter. It's a boring fleet fodder family car in reality. They didn't even drive very well.

Uncool.
just saying my dad had one thats all ,and despite that i still think its cool
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But if you compare then to the offerings from other manufacturers such as the Avenger, and Marina they were much better.
Almost certainly better. That isn't the question.

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just saying my dad had one thats all ,and despite that i still think its cool
It wasn't meant as a personal insult a4e, it just came after your post! Others said much the same thing about fond memories of having one in the family. You're as entitled to think it is cool as I am to disagree. It's not an exact science so nobody can claim to be absolutely right.
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Almost certainly better. That isn't the question.



It wasn't meant as a personal insult a4e, it just came after your post! Others said much the same thing about fond memories of having one in the family. You're as entitled to think it is cool as I am to disagree. It's not an exact science so nobody can claim to be absolutely right.
i didnt think for one moment you was being insulting i was just trying to clear up the fact my dad had one and i think its cool thats all
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