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1965 Ford Mk I Cortina Bodycraft Fastback | by Sicnag
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1965 Ford Mk I Cortina Bodycraft Fastback

The UK designed Cortina was built from 1962-82, the Mark 1, from 1962-66 was reasonably priced, cheap to run and proved to be very successful in motorsport.

There were 2 main variations of the Mk 1 Cortina, the first was known as the 'pre airflow' Mk 1 Consul Cortina, it had elliptical front indicators outside the grille. The main facelift in Oct 1964, the 'airflow' model, the Consul name dropped, now just 'Cortina', new squarer parkers were incorporated within the grille, it also got new flow through ventilation (eyeball vents in another new dash and vents in the outer rear pillars).

Mark 1 Cortinas were also built in Australia, varying slightly in badging and interior trim. Models there were; 220 2 door (1200cc and 5 bar grille), 240 2 door and 440 4 door (both with 60hp 1500) also the 4 door GT (78hp 1500) In 1965, Harry Firth developed a race ready 98hp 2 door GT500, 112 were built.

This is 1 of 4 prototypes made by Bodycraft in Geelong Australia, (they also built the Mk II Zephyr wagons). They were designed by Lew Bandt (who designed the 1st Coupe Utilitys in 1935) The design never took off, only this 4 door 440, a 2 door 240 and 2 2 door GTs were made.

Photographed at the 1st Cortina Nationals in Albury, Australia.

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Taken on June 9, 2012