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Ford Consul Cortina

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Launched in 1962, the Consul Cortina was a milestone for Ford and destined to be a best seller. Designed from the outset to be a competitive medium sized car at a low price, the Cortina was offered with a range of engine, transmission and body options. Its light weight made it the cheapest, fastest and most economical car of its class. The Consul part of the name was dropped in 1964. A whole category of medium size motor cars was soon known as the Cortina class.

The Cortina proved to be a major marketing success, equally popular with family owners and fleet operators. 1,013,391 were built before the equally successful MkII appeared in 1966. This was followed by three more versions until the Cortina was finally replaced by the Sierra in 1982, by which time over four million of all five marks had been built.

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Year1963
CountryBritish
Capacity1,198cc
CylindersIn-line 4
ValvesOverhead
Output50hp @ 4,900rpm
Performance0-60mph 22.5 seconds
Price new£591
ManufacturerFord Motor Co. Ltd
OwnerNational Motor Museum Trust

 

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