Car of the Week - December 12th, 2011
Ford of Britain’s ‘60s compact car, the Cortina, has enjoyed an enduring popularity long after its production ceased. Its racing success across circuits in Europe brought about a good deal of popularity, but another reason has been caretakers such as Jim Scott.
Jim has done what most of us wish we could do—buy a classic car from the original owner, restore it ourselves and then drive it around earning accolades from onlookers. He drives the car to 25-30 events each year, ranging from parking on grass outside of a castle to jaunts through the countryside on roads barely wide enough for two cars. He racks up 5k miles annually doing so, bringing the total miles on the car to 155k.
U.S. sales of Mk I Cortinas have been relatively low considering their production numbers, but they were never shipped this side of the Atlantic for sale. Recent sales data for non-Lotus and GT cars show sales between $6k to $9k depending on condition.
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