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Wednesday 7 June 2017

1964 Ford Cortina GT MkI 2-Door Rally Saloon - BONHAMS AUCTIONS GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED SALE 30th JUNE 2017

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30th JUNE 2017

1964 Ford Cortina GT MkI 2-Door Rally Saloon
Registration no. SKH 773B
Chassis no. Z77D052460R
*Replica of the 1964 Alpine Rally works car
*Fully restored in the 2000s
*Repainted in Alan Mann Racing livery
*Recently serviced


  • This car was built from a bare bodyshell by an ex-Ford SVO engineer as an accurate replica of David Seigle-Morris's works Cortina GT as used on the 1964 Alpine Rally, incorporating many period fittings and modifications. Strong and rust-free, the car is an original pre-airflow two-door model, manufactured in February 1964. 

    The engine is a genuine 1500 GT unit that has been rebuilt. It incorporates a Kent camshaft (Cosworth A2 profile), 0.060" oversize AE pistons, and a new big-valve cylinder head: ported and polished to 'Stage 3' and fitted with hardened exhaust seats for running lead-free fuel. Twin Weber 40DCOE-2 carburettors supply the mixture, which is sparked by Lumenition Magnatronic ignition. The gearbox is a rebuilt original three-rail unit with original GT remote shift, fitted with the preferred 2000E ratios.
    Lowered by 1" at the rear, the suspension features GasSpax adjustable rear dampers and Leda top-adjustable wedged Lotus front struts with heavy duty lowered springs. Braking is looked after by 9" discs and M16 callipers at the front and standard drums at the rear. Trimmed in black, the interior boasts period bucket seats and an original rear bench and is fully instrumented and equipped for rallying. Alternator electrics and twin fuel tanks complete the picture.

    Fewer than 50 miles had been covered since the total restoration when the Cortina was purchased by the immediately preceding owners. The latter then covered fewer than 1,200 miles over a three-year period, used the car only for a couple of classic touring events, before offering it for sale at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival auction in September 2012 (Lot 107). 

    Since then the current owner has repainted the Cortina in the livery of Alan Mann Racing, a company that has enjoyed a long and glorious association with the Ford Motor Company that included running the works team on a number of occasions. In addition, the engine, gearbox, and rear axle were serviced; new gas shock absorbers fitted all round; a new wiring harness installed, and the suspension joints and bushes replaced. Only some 1,000 miles have been covered on the road since this most recent restoration. 

    'SKH 773B' comes complete with a replica magnetic 'Rally des Alpes' plate; magnetic yellow number panels for shows, etc; and some CibiƩ Oscar stone guards. The accompanying file contains an original Cortina GT owner's handbook and spares list; period rally advertisements; copy of the model's original FIA homologation papers; various magazine articles; and all paperwork relating to the Brantz trip meter. The car is offered with a V5C registration document and the previous owners' detailed description of its specification, which is essential reading for prospective purchaser



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