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Ford Cortinas - and Getting Them to the States

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In this case the ‘E’ is for Executive

Up for auction in Swainby, which is about 59 kilometers north of York in the picturesque county of North Yorkshire, UK we find this gorgeous 1970 1600E. In October of 1967 Ford of Britain announced the availability of a luxury/performance model that would move the Mark 2 into a new sales segment.

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The Cortina 1600E would become a very popular option in this market niche as the model offered many performance and luxury features for a reasonable amount of money. In fact, according to author and Cortina expert Graham Robson, the 1600E would be the first Cortina recognized as a classic.

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It’s already here! Mark 1 recently imported to the US

Gotta love this left-hand driver – no price is given but it looks like a great little specimen. And the process of importing it has already been done for you! This is certainly one to consider carefully.

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This 1965 Deluxe 1500 model shure shows nicely in photos; the panels looking smooth and the brightwork clean and straight. The outside rear-view mirrors may have a case of the floppies so the new owner may want to address that straight away.

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Briefly – Roy Brown Jr., Car Designer

Designing and engineering vehicles for Ford in the States, Mr. Brown had been transferred to Ford’s British arm from Dearborn shortly after designing the Edsel. Yes, Roy Brown Jr. designed the Mk 1 Cortina – then moved back to the States where he eventually spent just shy of 40 years in retirement. There is a ton more to this story – from the life and times of an automotive designer in 1950s America to the drama around the fall of the Edsel to the artistic resurgence in England and the success there. What a phenomenal career. From a design perspective the Edsel was a triumph – from a marketing perspective the Cortina was as well.

1958 Edsel Pacer 2-Door hardtop © Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden. Licensed under Creative Commons Licence 3.0.

There certainly is a radical difference in design language used between the Edsel and the Cortina – but if you look at the other cars Mr. Brown designed it is clear he was versatile with form and function. It seems he drove an Edsel late in life; I wonder if he had a Cortina.

You and the Law – International Law

International law concerning the transport of goods between countries is a complex subject; however the small slice of legislation you will be dealing with is digestible with the proper guidance. People import cars every day – in fact the folks you will be dealing with may assume you do – and knowing what you are doing will make their day less frustrating as well. Having the necessary knowledge will not only make the process go smoother it may save you money and time.  It will also make the whole experience more rewarding. Humans have been moving stuff around this planet practically since the dawn of time so as you can imagine there are many defined procedures and methods that have been in use for decades if not centuries.  Following the rules and selecting the most advantageous options will not only keep you out of trouble but ensure your vehicle makes it to its destination without undue hassle.

National Incoterms chambers © Copyright Alinor. Licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence 3.0

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1974 South African Cortina XLE – the ‘E’ being for Essex

In South Africa Ford sold Cortinas with the V6 engine from their larger car ranges – the 3 litre Essex V6. This 1974 Taunus-Cortina looks great in top specification (the GXL level wasn’t available in the market). Soft and curvy – in fact a lot like Ford’s popular models in the States.  Just smaller – and with smaller engines. Check out the early ’70s US Fords for clear evidence of which side of the pond this new styling direction was coming from.

I try to imagine this car being bought new in South Africa and who the buyer would have been given the system of apartheid that was in place. Its looks luxurious in top spec but it is still a Cortina. I can’t imagine.

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The Cutest Little Crayford

Now this one is a real doll – a 1967 Cortina ragtop. Ford never produced a convertible Cortina; a firm known as Crayford handled the conversion for them and quite a few other manufacturers it seems.  This drop-top comes with “full photographic restoration and huge history file.”

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Some Helpful Tips on Choosing a Transportation Company

There is a significant amount of effort that goes into tracking down your next project – granted that effort, the hunt, is a cherished part of the experience. Once the target has been identified, transporting that project from its seemingly random location on the planet to your own workshop can take significant effort as well. There is no reason this effort cannot be rewarding or at least tolerable. Choosing a partner in this phase of acquisition is important because your choice can mean the difference between frustration and smooth sailing (pun intended).

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Choosing the wrong company could result in hugely unexpected expenses, long delays, or even failure to receive your car at all.  Mary James from Pacific Tycoon, a major player in the container rental and investment industry, has written a guest post on Universal Cargo’s blog that provides some great tips on choosing the best company to ship your car. It’s a great place to start your adventure!

One of the Last of the Last

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.

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Fancy an Estate? A Nice One in the UK

Aside from the wagon craze here in the States, wagons, or more properly Estates, have a plethora of practical purposes which can only enhance the ownership experience for a certain segment of the population. Travelers, campers/hikers/mountain bikers, surfers and the like find great utility in this body style – and of course the gettin’ groceries and a random jaunt to the train station.  This 1965 Deluxe with the 1.5 litre pre-Crossflow  engine looks to be ready for it’s next owner.

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Briefly – The Ford Kent Engine

Born with the Anglia 105E in 1959, the 997cc Ford Kent engine (using contemporary designations) was an overhead-valve (OHV) inline 4-cylinder – with 2 valves per cylinder and 3 main bearings – cast in iron. Originally the cylinder head was fitted with both the intake and exhaust manifolds on the same side (intake and exhaust ports next to each other), which was declining in use at the time, however is important to the classification of the Kent engine. Kent is the name of an English county across the river Thames from the Ford Dagenham plant (east of London) where many Cortinas were built. This first “Kent” was utilized in 5 different Ford models (39-78 bhp) as well as in a few specialty vehicles; even in it’s initial guise the Kent provided an excellent base for motorsports applications.

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After a redesign of the engine in 1967, which placed the intake and exhaust ports on opposite sides of the head, the Kent became alternatively known as the Ford Crossflow. The Crossflow also offered a sturdier block with 5 main bearings which delighted the racing teams who expanded their competition engine programmes with much success. This engine lived on for many years in both production and motorsports and as of 2016 the Kent block was still being manufactured by Ford for speciality applications.

So the Cortina was powered initially by the pre-Crossflow Kent or in the case of the Lotus Cortina the pre-Crossflow block, modified and transformed into the Lotus Twincam engine. The Mark 2 then debuted the Crossflow but also offered the pre-Crossflow Kent as well as the Lotus Twincam. When the Mark 3 debuted the pre-Crossflow was no longer available however the Pinto single overhead-cam (SOHC) engine appeared alongside the Crossflow. The Ford Crossflow (aka Ford Kent) engine was available in the Cortina for the remainder of its production.

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