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Ford Cortina

A car with history is what you get when you buy a used Ford Cortina in South Africa. Produced from 1962 until 1982, the auto has not been in production for over 30 years, making it a classic car from the modern age. You can see the history behind the auto in the body style changes that have been made over the years, as well as in the changing interior design and technical specifications.

Under the Hood

The value of any car is found under the hood. From the Mark I Cortina to Mark V Cortina, the auto offers solid power output and overall performance. Arguably the best engine from the line, the Falcon 250 on the Mark III through Mark V produces up to 172 PS with a removable aluminium intake which mounted a Bendix-Stromberg WW 2-barrel carburettor paired with a functionally comparable exhaust manifold. The result was increased power and a smoother engine overall.

Body Styles

When you purchase a new or used Ford Cortina, you have the choice of a hard top or ragtop depending on the model year selected. If you select the Cortina TC Mark III, produced from 1970 until 1976, you receive a sportier version of the Cortina, similar to the fastback sports cars of the same era. Whether you want a stylish look like the Ford Cortina 1600E, the classic style of the Mark 1, or the sporty style of the Cortina TC, there are great options.


You step into the past when you take a seat in the Cortina, with the large steering wheel to the on-the-floor shifter in some models. The black leather seats with ribbing brings back thoughts of the 1970s. The red flooring in some models is an ode to times when variety in colour was prized. The large dials and wood grain designs keep the nostalgic feeling alive.

Before you begin shopping determine if you want a Ford Cortina that is ready to hit the road or one that needs restoration. This changes the approach to purchasing in terms of acceptable condition and cost. A used Ford Cortina in need of restoration takes time and work but has great emotional value. If you just want to hit the road as soon as you get the car, consider a well-maintained, or even fully restored, model.