1966 Lotus Cortina
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Rare California "Black Plate" Mk1 Cortina

1966 Lotus Cortina MkI
“Lotus Type 28”

Chassis No. BA74FL59076
Engine No. LP5565L

Exceedingly Rare and Desirable “English Ford” Lotus Mk1 Cortina!
1 of just 2,994 Examples Constructed from 1963-1966
30 Years of Previous Ownership & California Residency
Recognized by the Mk1 Cortina Owner's Club
Complete with Owner's Manuals, Publications, and Documentation from the Last 30 Years
Recent Service Performed Resulting in Excellent Performance
An Exciting Driving Experience – Idle Club and Tour Events Car!

The two-door Ford Cortina GT had already been proven in rallies and circuit racing when Ford executive Walter Hayes approached Colin Chapman to produce a world-beating racing saloon. The plan called for Lotus to assemble 1000 cars to homologate the model for FIA Group 2 racing. Cosworth Engineering helped develop and fine-tune the engines, while a Ford 4-speed gearbox as specified for the Lotus Elan was adopted for the Cortina program. The suspension was revised, and the body shell was lightened with aluminum skins in the doors, hood and trunk lid. Aluminum was also adopted for several other mechanical components. Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Vic Elford, Jack Sears, Sir John Whitmore, and Jacky Ickx all raced Cortinas. By the end of production late in 1966 it is believed that just 2894 Lotus Cortinas had been built, virtually all finished in Ermine White with Sherwood Green body band and flash.

The Cortina MkI has deep competition roots as they were campaigned by the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Vic Elford, Jack Sears, Sir John Whitmore & Jacky Ickx in period. Today the are a nostalgic piece of British motoring history and to find an extraordinary example such as this in the US provides an exciting opportunity for collectors and enthusiast alike.
Acquired in the late 1980's by an eclectic San Francisco based automotive collector and enthusiast, BA74FL59076 remained under his care for the next 30 years, until the entire collection was dissolved in 2017. A dossier of accompanying paperwork records work performed to the Cortina over the last three decades. While all systems have been addressed at one point or another, the car has never seen a full out restoration, but rather regular upkeep and maintenance as needed.

The exterior displays older paintwork in correct livery with original etched side and rear glass, much of the trim is believed to be original with complimenting period style 13 inch Minilite wheels. Opening a door one finds a nicely preserved and lightly patinated interior with correct wood rimmed steering wheel, English Ford Line seatbelts and radio, star embossed headliner, custom fitted Coco Mats and many other authentic details. Much is the same for the engine bay with correct stampings, clamps, hoses and finishes. A recent general tune-up and service was performed on the Lotus to ensure continued spirited driving for its next caretaker. Compression reads 180, 180, 182, 182 psi.

The Cortina's drivability is nothing short of excellent, very tight with plenty of power – an absolute blast! In addition to 30 years of paperwork, this exceptionally solid Cortina is accompanied by an original steel spare wheel, multiple User and Owner's Manuals, keys and accessories. Here is a fantastic driver's Cortina and highly desired Lotus Type 28 amongst many automotive collectors worldwide.

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