The history of the Lotus Cortina began in 1961 after Colin Chapman decided he wanted to build his own engines for Lotus. The engine's first appearance was in 1962 at the Nürburgring in a Lotus 23 driven by Jim Clark. Immediately after and almost as soon as the engine appeared in the Lotus Elan, it was recalled and replaced with a larger capacity unit to get the car closer to the 1.6 litre capacity class in motorsport. Whilst the engine was being developed, Walter Hayes from Ford asked Colin Chapman if he would fit the engine to 1,000 Ford saloons for Group Two homologation cars. Chapman quickly accepted and the Type 28 or Lotus-Cortina was duly launched. Ford supplied the two-door Cortina body shells and took care of all the marketing and selling of the cars whilst Lotus did all the mechanical and cosmetic changes. The major changes involved installing the 1,558cc engine together with the same close-ratio gearbox as the Elan. Interior modifications were limited to a centre console designed to accommodate the new gear lever position, different seats and the later style dashboard featuring tachometer, speedometer, oil pressure, water temperature and fuel level gauges as well as a woo
Well known race car with extensive racing history for 25 years . Developed from a genuine air flow Lotus Cortina, ex owner drivers include Tony and Peter Lanfranchi, Whizzo Williams, Roger Wills. Fully prepared to FIA specification with HTP forms, V5, very well developed with Smirthwaite engine, 6 point Roll Cage and Harness, Quick release steering wheel, Corbeau FIA seat, Magnesium Minilight wheels, Stack Tacho ,Long Distance and Sprint Fuel Cells and much much more. Superb body and paintwork. Regularly competed Competitively in Spa 6 Hours, U2TC, HSCC. Huge spares package includes , Complete spare body shell, 4 x Mini light wheels. 5 x Steel wheels Gearbox 2 x LSD diff units. Rear axles Rear springs Front springs Propshafts Radiator Starter Alternator 9 x doors 2 x Bonnets 2 x Boot lids Rear wings Front wings Bell housing Steering rods. Shockers Brake Disc?s and Caliper?s Clutch Distributer And general running spares .