Lotus Mk 1 Cortina 1965
Race hours: 5
We feel privileged to offer for sale this genuine Mk 1 Lotus Cortina. It’s a superb example with great potential to further its race career as it could easily become FIA homolagated Appendix K and has only 5 race hours under its belt since the engine was rebuilt.
It has a very well documented history, including its original log book, list of owners, race history, restoration details, receipts and photographs. This car has been well cared for and would be a true asset to anyone interested in racing a proven race classic.
This Mk1 Lotus Cortina was first registered in the UK as a road car in 1965. Only in the early 1980’s was it rebuilt as a race car. It was then shipped to Australia when its owner at that time immigrated in 1986. The CAMS log book was issued in September of that year and it went on to race in Appendix J (now Group N) and club events in New South Wales for a further 3 years.
In 1991 the owner began a series of improvements. The body was stripped and rebuilt (by Classic Autocraft Sydney). The engine, drive train and suspension were all rebuilt to race/rally specification. On completion the revived Mk1 Lotus Cortina enjoyed 3 years racing in the Targa Tasmania.
It was then sold to a collector who stored the car for several years until it was purchased and taken to the track again to compete in club sprints and tarmac rallies including the Classic Adelaide in 2001.
We have a comprehensive specifications list;
Fully seam welded to Ford Motorsport Dept. Specs. 12 point chrome molly cage, World Cup X member, Safari type jacking points, alloy door skins. All nuts and bolts replaced with aircraft grade drilled and wired. Fuses replaced with contact breakers. Front seats genuine Ford Motorsport light weight rally seats (rare) Console and headlining not fitted balance of interior standard. Willens 3” 5 point harness (Dvr & Pax)
Leda competition adj. dampers F & R, adj. control arms, HD anti roll bar, anti dive/squat kit, flat slipper springs.
4 w vent. Discs with fully floating calipers (Lotus spares UK conversion ex RS 2000). Twin system with adj. brake bias, fly off hydraulic hand brake.
Lotus Ford with John Needham S.C.C.R. competition gears (new) alloy bell housing AP twin plate competition clutch.
Steel Crank and Cosworth steel rods, Omega 83.5mm pistons, L/weight steel f/wheel Cosworth L1 cams, oversize valves, Vernier adj. cams, 45mm Webers, elec ignite/rev limiter, high vol oil pump (65psi) baffled sump (6.5lt), oil cooler. Facet high vol. fuel pump. Filter King filter, triple core radiator, ceramic coated custom interference headers with 3” exhaust system.
Max HP = 160 RPM, Max Torque= 118ft/lbs @ 6750RPM usable range – 4500RPM to 7250 RPM (rev. limited)
If you would like to get this classic back on the track we offer the full spectrum of race services through our partners at Geoff Steel Racing. From track side support, storage, logistics and tuition, maintenance or repairs, talk to us about how we can help.
If you would like further information, or would like to book your appointment to come and see our genuine Mk 1 Lotus Cortina, get in touch and we’ll be happy to chat through any questions.
£ 76 000