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It'll be hard to value tbh. Even tidy you'd normally not say a Mk5 was likely to fetch more than about a grand. I'm guessing as they do nothing for me so they have never registered when I look through Classic ads.

Let's face it, Mk5 Cortinas aren't exactly a popular collector's car. They have no sporting heritage after the MkII and they were pretty awful cars even in their day. But it is "as new" and may appeal to a Ford enthusiast and is already over £3k and is still below the reserve. As a rarity it might go for £5k I suppose but I wouldn't want it personally even in that condition above £100! :lol:
 

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Takes me back to my days as a rep bombing around North London in the works Cortina. :)

My wife hated them. When I was promoted I had the chance to take over a Lancia Beta 2000 which kicked off the whole Italian car thing.
 

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The thing is, when the Sierra came out everyone said that they preferred the Cortina.

I suppose someone who was a rep in the late 1970/Early 1980's might want it for nostalgic reasons..

I can't see the attraction myself either if the truth be told but it is unusual to find such a car with that mileage and condition..
 

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i know it was a borderline average car, but as an immaculate snapshot of what passed as only just acceptable in the very early 1980s, it's quite compelling. Never mind the fact that the Cortina is a bit of a legend on many levels in the UK way back when. Need cheap family wheels? Cortina. Need a motorway steed? Cortina. Got a rally to win or a bank to rob? Cortina. It's also a snapshot of what twaddle corporate Ford thought it could push as luxury in the 1980s. While technically it's a million miles removed from the Alfa Giulia of the 1960s, it's still an iconic part of the UK's pop culture, and way of life in the 1980s, just as the Giulia was of Italy in the 1960s. For those reasons - and assuming i was both minted and mad - I wouldn't mind having it.
 

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its in top nick, would be good to see what it goes for so have added it to my Ebay watched, As others say not as favorable as others, personally a mint MK3 2000E would be a nice thing to find
 

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Nice find, the people who will bid on this are looking for faultless originality, which is fair enough, but the Mk5 didn't appeal to a mass market in 1982, yet alone today. It's going to go to a good home for sure.

Just a shame my Capri didn't have that mileage when I bought it in October, although that said if that had been the case I would have moaned at the owner for not driving it enough!
 

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I think it is brilliant. It was well off the pace by the early 80s and definately lacks the visual presence of a Mk3 GXL or E or the Mk4 Ghia but its very characterful.

Although I have never owned a Ford whenever I have borrowed one I have always enjoyed it - particularly baggy hired Transits.
 

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Yeah! Just need a quick refresher course at Langley Bucks, to remind me how to set up the rear axle diff unit, and sort the suspension, and the ohc oil feed, and then I'm making a bid on it? :D

Last time I was there I did the Mk4 Zephyrs, Zodiacs, and the top of the range cross on the bonnet, Executive! :lol: Dagenham dustbins forever, just will not die, a bit like me????:p
 
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There's a bloke who turns up at NW classic car shows in a mint green Carousel who reckons to have turned down offers of over 5 grand for it. I've no idea if what he says is true but it is showroom fresh.

Old Ford prices have gone stratospheric in recent times. When I was a teenager you could pick up reasonably tidy RS2000s for about £1500 (but couldn't insure them). Now, reasonably tidy ones are 5 grand and minters are 10 grand. As 2-door Escorts have become so expensive there has been a bit of a knock-on for other models. Tidy Capris, Cortinas and Granadas all fetch decent money. Rough ones (other than 2-door Escorts) are still worth buttons because restoring the bodywork is mega-expensive due to poor panel availability. I got rid of my last Cortina in about 1992. My Dad traded it in on a Rover 213 and got about £300 for it. It was quite straight too. I seem to have spent my entire motoring life driving stuff that was too old to be desirable and too new to be a classic.

I still have some fondness for MKV Cortinas as I proposed to my wife in one. It was the car everyone's Dad had and was, by the standards of the time, good for just about everything.

It was desperately out of date by 1982 but bear in mind that BL were still knocking out the Ital at the time and they though that the telescopic shocks on their cart springs were state of the art. Of the mainstream car makers, only Vauxhall had made the change to FWD in the incredibly conservative mid-range market. As a car, the Sierra was streets ahead but everyone and his dog hated how it looked and ridiculed the allegedly aerodynamic wheeltrims which later became the industry standard. It's amazing how far we've come though. The only real difference between a Ghia and a base spec was a bit of velour inside and a sunroof. No central locking, no e/w, no a/c, no 5-speed boxes.
 

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When I was a kid I remember helping my dad break 2 cortinas. A Mk3 saloon, and a Mk4 estate.

He was rebuilding a Dutton Sierra at the time and they were for parts.

The Mk4 Estate was a very fetching "hearing aid" Beige and was as rusty as an old horseshoe.
 

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I'd love to buy it:cool:
 
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When I was a kid I remember helping my dad break 2 cortinas. A Mk3 saloon, and a Mk4 estate.

He was rebuilding a Dutton Sierra at the time and they were for parts.

The Mk4 Estate was a very fetching "hearing aid" Beige and was as rusty as an old horseshoe.
Ah, the Dutton Sierra. That caused much confusion at the 1982 motor show where Ford launched their own similarly titled product to the British public.
 

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Keithyboy, you are such a Ford fan, like me!

There's a big "Retro cool" thing going on at the mo & old Fords have gone sky high. One other reason for buying a Capri over Mk1 or Mk2 Escorts is that decent Escorts are going for £6k! That's a lot of money for a 40 year old car!
 
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I was going to say £5k when I saw it. It looks great and there are plenty of Ford enthusiasts out there.
 

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I owned one of these on a W plate with a 2.0 engine many years ago. By the time I got rid of it there was major rust everywhere. Even the bulkhead was rusting through. I'm amazed that there is an example surviving in such good condition.
 

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When I reflect on all of the past wheeled junk I've owned, the most fondly remembered was that old Wolseley 6/110. Once I had replaced the Armstrong shockers with twin pistons as a matter of course? :):
 
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