1966 Ford Cortina Fastback

In 1966 the Geelong bodybuilding company Bodycraft, who made specialist bodies for Ford Australia, built four fastback style "prototype" Cortinas. Three of these were two door cars and just this one four door was built. Despite a good reception from the motoring press, production never went ahead on any of the concept cars. This four door car was a "special order" for Ford's chief designer Lew Bandt and was registered to his wife Nellie until 1987. It is now in the hands of an enthusiastic Cortina collector in Queensland.

[None of the two door fastback concept cars have survived].



  • dave_7 4y

    What a fantastic car. The fastback would have made for a really sharp looking especially in two door form. Nice to see it still exists. I wonder what the 440 badge means.
  • Michael 4y

    440 was a model designation for the Australian Cortina. Somewhere I have a picture that someone sent me years ago of this car in an unrestored state with a For Sale sign on it. So glad that it has survived (even though it is modified).
  • Mark Brown 4y

    Whoa, cool! Looks very well done and works well with the lines of the car. I think the four-door looks slightly awkward but the two-door ones must have looked great.
  • Martin Alford 4y

    Shame they didn't put it into production.
  • Peter Fox 4y

    Ford Australia had its own lineup of models, with appropriate badges. A standard model was available as in the UK, with the 'iron bar' grille, and in two-door form with the 1200cc motor, but the rest of the range was as follows:

    220 - 2 doors and the grunty 1200cc
    240 - 2 doors and the 1500cc
    440 - 4 doors with only the 1500cc (A£1023)
    GT with the 1500cc
  • Richard Spiegelman 4y

    That is very interesting.
  • Sander Toonen 3y

    This is really a beauty!
  • Mr. LESHKIN 3y

    hah! the rear looks like Buick '1960 (tailfins and rear lights)!
  • joh3 3y

    An interesting custom approach, that reminds me somewhat of what Opel did with the 1965-73 Kadett B models, for which the sedans could be had in both regular notchback and booted fastback forms.

    A direct rival to the Cortina Mk1 in Australia, the Toyota Corona slant-nose, took things a few steps further, being that it could be had as a full 5-door hatchback, alongside the regular notchback sedan, and wagon versions.
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