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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 Savage Treatment

This interesting Mark III or Taunus-Cortina (TC) is up for auction in the UK and has a V6. The Daytona Yellow paint, as well as the exterior and interior trim, are claimed to be in “immaculate condition” per the auction house.  This generation Cortina is the one that merged with the German Ford Taunus range and became significantly the same car – save for trim and badging – going forward.  Coincidentally, the platform took on a more curvaceous, American-esque design of which the European audience was very fond.  For 1972 the Cortina was Britain’s top selling car.

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