1980 Ford Cortina GL

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Description

**SOLD**

VIN Chassis No.: BABFAG494140
Date of Registration: 1980

The Mark 5 Cortina was one of the most popular family cars in the 1980s. This example has had just two former keepers and has covered only 47,000 miles from new.

The bodywork too is in excellent condition, with sharp, solid arches, and the exterior trim is as it should be with very little sign of wear. The wheels have been professionally refurbished, in keeping with the overall character of this very well-preserved car.

The Ford Cortina in the 1980s was everywhere, and everyone from reps to families seemed to have one. The main reason, was they were such a good-looking car. They were also easily roomy enough for a big family, the boot had masses of space for luggage, and they were outrageously reliable too. In its time the Cortina was far and away the UK’s best-selling car. Part of their reputation for reliability derived from Ford’s renowned Pinto engine, and Ford gearboxes were just as much then as now known for never going wrong.

This car features the solid 1600cc engine and is actually one of the rare automatic models, which makes driving it effortless.
There’s still plenty of pull in every gear and the suspension and braking systems combine to give a carefree driving experience. That 1.6-litre engine runs very smoothly and quietly and with less than 50,000 miles on the clock has many, many years of motoring left in it. The cleanliness of the engine bay shows just how much love and attention have been given to the car over the years.

The interior is in superb condition and contributes to the very comfortable ride. The controls are nicely laid out and the layout of the centre console was always a much-loved feature. When Ford brought out the Mark 5, they aimed to appeal to as many people as possible, and this meant the car really does tick a lot of boxes – lots of grunt under the bonnet when needed, a good solid gearbox, nicely balanced car which gives a reassuring feeling of control on the road – an easy drive all round, and then on top of that, good looks and a really comfortable ride.

The car obviously has no problem keeping pace with modern traffic, and doesn’t look out of place on today’s roads thanks to its eternal good looks. But for real Cortina fans, it was all about the feel of the car. And for that reason, this car is just as sensible a buy today as it ever was.