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Just reading up on type numbers no type numbers on Lotus Cortine 1963 Why as the Mk 1 is Type 28 .

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Just reading up on type numbers no type numbers on Lotus Cortine 1963 Why as the Mk 1 is Type 28 .

 

Eddie, one of us two is confused. The Mk1 Lotus Cortina introduced in 1963 was so called to differentiate it from the Mk2 Ford Lotus Cortina.

The earlier Mk1 Lotus Cortina has indeed the Lotus Type 28 designation. That car had a very highly modified body shell with Lotus suspension & of course, the great twin cam engine.

The later Ford Lotus Cortina was not considered to be a Lotus as it had only the twin cam engine from Lotus

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Yes even the Lotus Sunbeam had a Type number 81 .

 

Yes, that's it; It is a Lotus Sunbeam just like the Lotus Cortina but not the Cortina Lotus.

 

Are we on the same Hymn sheet?

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The most significant difference between the Mk1 and Mk2 Lotus variants of the Ford Cortina is that the the Mk1 was built by Lotus employees at the Lotus factory, using Ford shells which were then modified, and designated Type 28 whereas the Mk2 was built by Ford at Dagenham. Lotus sold the Mk 1 car as a 'Lotus Cortina'. There were a few variants, the most significant being the change from, race bred but troublesome in road use, A-frame and coils rear suspension to semi-elliptical spring and anti-tramp bar rear suspension. See http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y132/ayrton27/rearends.gif

 

GB is not quite right that the only modification to the Mk2 was the engine. The Mk2 was only ever offered with the semi-elliptical  springs and anti-tramp bar rear suspension. In fact the body was quite heavily modified by Ford with much strengthening of the chassis at key points. This is not well known and is used by 'experts' to correctly identify genuine Mk2 Cortina Lotus shells (which Ford also identified with a special chassis Number series).Ford sold the car as a 'Cortina Lotus'. It also had an uprated twin-cam fitted along with Lotus badges on the rear flanks (but no Lotus badges were fitted by Ford on the grills even though they now all seem to have such badges!) Like the Mk 1, the Mk 2 was available with alloy body panels at extra cost. Most Mk2s were sold in Ford solid colours but a popular, dealer fitted, option was to add green stripes as for the traditional Mk 1 colour scheme. The Mk 2 was never given a Lotus type number.

 

The Mk 2 Cortina Lotus was much more of a 'Q' car than Mk 1, offering improved performance over standard and GT Cortinas (and Mk 1 Lotus Cortinas, incidentally) while offering much higher levels of sophistication and reliability.

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Ah, now I have a few questions which you will be able to answer Mike; puely out of interest, now that we're on the Mk2 subject.

Did Ford use only 2 door body shells or were 4 door variants also sold. I believe the car was based on th GT Cortina but did they ever fit 1600E interior trim to them?

 

I didn't realise that Ford stiffened the Mk2 body shells; a la escort Mexico, twin cam Mexico I presume? Also that they offered alloy panel options is a bit of new knowlwedge for me, thanks Mike.

 

In my time I was lucky enough to have owned a Mk 1 Lotus Cortina; bought with a "singing" back axle & immediately comverted to GT reat axle + suspension.

Later I drove a very nice but also 2nd hand 4 door 1600E in very dark green. It towed my 23B on its trailer.

 

Cheers

John

 

P.S. Searching for a copy of Chicane with my Mk14 Elite article in it-------------My own Copy's gone walkabout since my move from Germany back to GB

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John,
 
See my answers in your original text.
 
Mike

 

Ah, now I have a few questions which you will be able to answer Mike; puely out of interest, now that we're on the Mk2 subject.
Did Ford use only 2 door body shells or were 4 door variants also sold. - A few 4-door Mk2 Cortina Lotus cars were sold, mainly to police forces I believe. They are all known to the Lotus Cortina Register
 
 
I believe the car was based on th GT Cortina - it was, but the GT did not have the same strengthening as the Lotus variant which included work on the rear chassis rails. 
 
.....but did they ever fit 1600E interior trim to them? As far as I know none were ever sold with 1600E interiors, although it was not uncommon for these 1600E seats to migrate. The cut off on the rear seat squab is completely different between 2-door and 4-door Cortinas, however, some 1600E 2-door cars were sold in overseas markets so 2-door 1600E rear seats may have been in the parts catalogue.. The Cortina Lotus seats were different from mainstream cars as were centre consoles etc..
 
I didn't realise that Ford stiffened the Mk2 body shells; a la escort Mexico, twin cam Mexico I presume? Also that they offered alloy panel options is a bit of new knowlwedge for me, thanks Mike. This is confirmed in the handbook for Mk2 Cortina Lotus cars where there is a section on RS parts that could be bought for the car.
 
In my time I was lucky enough to have owned a Mk 1 Lotus Cortina; bought with a "singing" back axle & immediately comverted to GT reat axle + suspension.
Later I drove a very nice but also 2nd hand 4 door 1600E in very dark green. It towed my 23B on its trailer. I too had a 1600E, (1968, G plate) as a daily driver from 1973 - 1976 - a great car in its time and for me, an upgrade from a 1967 (E Reg'n) Mk2 1500 (pre-crossflow) GT which itself was an upgrade from a 1968 (F Reg'n) Mk2 1300 (crossflow) 2 door saloon. Those three cars saw me driving Cortinas through the years 1970 - 1976 when I bought a new Mk2 Escort Mexico to replace the 1600E.

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Thanks for indulging me Mike.

 

Here's a bump for my quest to anyone:-

 

Searching for a copy of Chicane with my Mk14 Elite article in it-------------My own Copy's gone walkabout since my move from Germany back to GB

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