This Mark V, when sold at auction in 2012, had never been registered for road use in the UK. One of the last vehicles to be assembled for the 1981 model year, this Cherry Red GL was purchased by a collector who reportedly liked to acquire specimens of different vehicles from the last years of their production.
Rather than a completely new design, the Mark V (or what was marketed by Ford as the Cortina 80) was more of a “significant refinement” of the Mark IV Cortina. This turned out to not be a bad thing and the Cortina was replaced by the Ford Sierra at the height of it’s popularity. Styling is on par with the popular Japanese models from the time and even further into the ’80s – but the new Ford design language was already apparent in the new Capri and Escort generations – and of course the Sierra itself.
The Cortina in view here is equipped with the 2.0 liter Ford Pinto engine – in fact this particular engine, code TL20H, is one of the most sought after in terms of its adaptability to racing duty. The Weber DGAV-carbureted engine with a single overhead-camshaft (SOHC) cylinder head made 99 HP (74 kW) and 115 lb·ft (156 N·m) of torque with a compression ratio of 9.2:1. Fuel injection did not come along until the Sierra’s third year.