1965 Ford Lotus Cortina

An iconic 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina MKI, finished in Lotus iconic Ermine White and Sherwood Green, arrived at DM Historics accompanied with expired FIA prepared however still completed in full competition spec. After several test track days, it was clear to the team this ex-racer had the potential to be a strong historic racing champion.  

The earlier years of this fabulous racers life saw the Cortina exported to Australia finished to the normal road specification, seeing regular use from 1966. Continuing to live a well-travelled life, the Cortina later visited Japan, Miami, Sweden and arrived in Holland in 1995, where it would be converted and started its official rally career. The Cortina was run for several years in the Tulpenrallye (translated: Tulip Rally), one of the oldest Dutch rallies, entrants must strictly be pre-1971 vehicles and while the rally is organised in the Netherlands, the 2,500 kilometres event is run outside the country touring through France and Belgium.

Later years saw the Cortina return to the UK and from 2005-2009, the Ford Lotus Cortina was driven by father and son duo the Lawson's. The family team raced the car at such tracks/events as Spa 6 Hour, Knockhill and Grand Prix De L’Age d’Or at Dijon.


Having arrived to DM Historics and catching the attention of all the staff, it was decided to return this Cortina to the track, whilst also reinstating this historic racer with the valid and correct FIA paperwork. During the cars race preparation, a number of minor issues were discovered and resolved which includes rebuilding the rear axle, fitting a new half shaft seal and bearings, wheel cylinder, brake shoes and differential pinion and crown wheel.

The Cortina has now recently been treated to a full engine rebuild and has been completed with a valid FIA engine seal. With the car now having completed several club races, the Ford Lotus Cortina is ready to make its big track debut as it enters the Silverstone Classic across 26/27/28 July.


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