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.
Nonetheless this Cortina looks very taut. Gone are the formal lines of the first two generations having been replaced by what could be described as a more muscular shape. The top looks great on this car and really knocks home the Detroit connection. Those race-bred wheels and tight-fitting bumpers wake up the stance – although the side moulding could be controversial.
The Ford Essex V6 was not available from the factory outside South Africa from 1970-76 however this swap, known as the Savage treatment, was popular in the UK and works really well on this 1972 example. As with the earlier Cortinas the Kent “Crossflow” engine was available in 1.6 L form as well as a 1.3 L variant. However a new engine, Pinto, was available in 1.6 and 2.0 L displacements and featured Overhead Camshaft (OHC) design for greater engine efficiency. Distribution of these engines was across model designations Base, L (for Luxury), XL (Xtra Luxury), GT (Grand Touring) and GXL (Grand Xtra Luxury).
Some aftermarket hoses and wires are probably not a bad thing as seen here and the sheet metal looks fantastic. Mark III Cortina suspension changed from MacPherson strut to “double-wishbone” design which provided a more comfortable ride in this implementation – and explains where the shock towers went. The Ford Essex V6 is a 60-degree engine whose name comes from the English county in which it is manufactured – just like the Kent inline 4-cylinder. The engine was produced in several variations and states of tune, however unfortunately no further specifications are provided on this particular mill.
Perhaps the most drastic contrast with previous Cortinas is the interior. Again, the American influence is apparent, and perhaps “blunt objects” is not a bad characterization for interior components. The TC range at its inception adopted a much more luxurious interior which in retrospect could be thought of as the dawning of the Brougham Age – in stark contrast to the theoretical design direction taken by the Mark 1 and 2.
The seats look light years ahead of their US counterparts in say, a Pinto. With the extra power and noise afforded by the swapped V6 this car is probably a blast to drive. Could you imagine pulling up to a local show here in the states with this? Take a shot at it here on the Barons site.