This clean little GT is currently located in Corby, Northamptonshire, England which is known as “Little Scotland” due to the number of Scottish folks that worked in the steel mills there in the 1930s. The seller does not state, however, where the Cortina was imported from – but the steering wheel position is in the right place for us in the States!
Nevertheless this is a very pretty example with its Silver Fox metallic paint and black PVC interior. The FORD block letters across the bonnet first made their appearance this year.
The seller claims this vehicle is 100% original and from the photographs there is no argument. The Rubery Owen-style (Rostyle) wheels look sharp and complement the silver and black theme. The grille style on the 1969 Cortina GT is all business however the driving lights and “bumperettes”, although practical and valued from an options perspective, do detract from the clean lines of the front end.
Ah those sweet little GT emblems on the rear wing – with just a splash of red. Very nice touch visually. The black panel between the taillamps, new for ’69, really enhances the look of the rear end providing a cue that visually widens the car. Again, in your author’s humble opinion those bumperettes hanging off the bumper only distract from the overall appearance. Obvious here is a large gap under the boot lid and misaligned trim and taillights however this is how they came from the factory.
Inside, this Cortina looks every bit a Grand Tourer. A full complement of instruments, a proper center console, and a very stylish steering wheel. Couple that with a large boot and off you for a long weekend with your significant other. Again since most of the trim is silver already the color scheme really works – one time maybe the wood fascia isn’t really needed. These late Mark IIs were really fantastic cars and it is easy to see why Ford sold so many of them.
The GT-spec 1599 cc Crossflow engine gave 88 HP which made the car much more driveable. Under the bonnet we can see that an aftermarket strut stabilizer has been fitted which surely makes a difference in body flex – and appears to be the only significant modification to the car. The seller states that the body has never been welded and that the engine and chassis numbers match. This Cortina must have been someone’s pride and joy as it has only accumulated 66,910 KMs since new. Find it here on Chad for £15,995.