In the 1960s the Cortina was an entirely new type of British car, light yet strong, cheap to buy yet roomy. It established a new class of car – the ‘Cortina Class’ – and Ford’s rivals had to rush to compete. Not only was the Cortina the first, it was the best, too; a fascinating, ever-evolving project around which Ford-Europe’s planning always revolved. Here, for the first time in a book, are all the facts, figures, images and legends of the Cortina story. With over 180 colour and black and white photos this is the fascinating story of a incredibly successful car.
• For 20 years the Cortina was Britain’s best-selling car and was also a huge success overseas.
• Five generations of saloons, estates and road-going ‘race cars’ offered something for everyone, everywhere.
• Built in the UK, South Africa and Australia, Cortinas won hundreds of international races and rallies.
• The full story of all the Cortinas from first to last, including related models like the Lotus-Cortina.