This stunning 1965 Lotus Cortina advertised for sale in South Africa personifies the mystique that is the Mark 1 Ford Lotus Cortina.

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That rush you get when you realize you are looking at the real deal; paint scheme and all the specialized bits are going to be correct and present on this example you are thinking, heart pounding.

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Decent photography is appreciated. The stance, even with the formal roofline, conveys the speed these little buggers can scoot at around the course.

The engine compartment looks fantastic with light performance tuning and a clean period impression. This Cortina is said to be registered with Lotus Club UK and “Although an ‘airflow’ car all original factory brackets are fitted.” Further, the selling party claims “Car has a ‘lip seal’ engine overhauled 20000 miles. BRM spec”.

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And yes the cabin appears stunning as well. You can almost smell the different materials and the years of history with different owners and careful preservationists.

DO not rely on this blog post for accurate information - see the seller's website for specifics.

Do not rely on this blog post for accurate information – see the seller’s website for specifics.

Sure looks like it would be a lot of fun to run through the gears on a sunny saturday afternoon – or just sit next to in the shade and talk with folks who haven’t yet been bitten by the Cortina bug here in the States. Find it at Car and Classic for the stated price of £40000.