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1963-1966 Lotus Cortina MkI specifications

1963-1966 Lotus Cortina MkI specifications Classic and Performance Car

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Dropping the 105bhp twin-cam into Ford’s lightweight Cortina bodyshell created a saloon car legend. Almost all came in white with the green side flashes, and their minimalist quarter bumpers became de riguer for several generations of Ford tuners. The first year’s production came with aluminium doors, bonnet and bootlid, along with an A-frame for the rear axle location. This is prone to cracking its mounts and was changed for leaf springs, but those earlier cars still command something like a 20% price premium.

Production

  • Production:
    3301
  • Price at launch:
    £1,100

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    13.8secs
  • Top speed:
    108.0mph
  • Power:
    115.0bhp
  • Torque:
    108.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    21.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live rear axle with coil spring, A-Bracket, radius arms, telescopic dampers
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    worm and roller
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4210mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2490mm
  • Width:
    1590mm
  • Height:
    1390mm
  • Weight:
    842kgs
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