COMING TO AUCTION
WEDNESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2015
EASTERS COURT, LEOMINSTER HR6 0DE
1969 FORD CORSAIR
|Estimate||£4,000 - £5,000|
|Engine size||1,700 cc|
|Documents||V5C; genuine Ford manual|
The Ford Corsair made its debut at the October 1963 London Motorshow and was designed to fill a gap in Ford’s model line-up that required a magnifying glass to spot.
Based on a stretched Mk I Cortina shell, it got a comprehensive re-skin, the design of which mirrored the American Ford Thunderbird, although it only got a 1.5-litre Kent engine rather than the big 289 cubic-inch V8 that came with its transatlantic cousin.
From 1965 the range was updated with the new V4 1,633cc Essex engine, a two-litre version following shortly after with the inevitable 2000E Executive model at the top of the range. The Corsair was phased out in 1970, the new, larger Mk III ‘coke bottle’ Cortina taking its place as Ford's offering accross the mid-size segment.
According to an invoice on file, this three owner example was purchased through Telford Auctions in 1992 for £1,350, the mileage at that time showing just 46,600 miles. It was used as a show car, barely turning a wheel in recent years until acquired by the vendor earlier this year. Now showing just 59,000 miles on the clock, the Dragoon red paintwork still looks very presentable and it has just had a set of new tyres and reconditioned front calipers and discs. The vendor has also treated the car to an oil service and it is due to carry a fresh MOT by the time of the sale.
The interior remains in excellent condition, the lovely bench front seat and column gearchange being very much of the period. The Corsair’s distinctive styling is well matched by the ‘off-beat’ engine note from its quirky V4 engine, which makes them the perfect classic for someone looking for something just that little bit different. One of just 550 survivors according to the endlessly fascinating ‘How Many Left’ website, this charismatic Corsair is ready to cruise.