1969 Lotus Cortina Mk 2


1969 Lotus Cortina Mk 2

Chassis number BA96JR73548 started life as a Cortina 1600 GT, and was fully rebuilt to its current configuration in Oregon, USA during 2002. Its immaculate, rust-free, undamaged bodyshell was converted to competition Lotus Cortina specification by its current owner – a respected engine builder on both sides of the Atlantic. Fitted with a fresh FIA Lotus Twin-Cam which produces an estimated 168bhp, this professionally-built and extremely well-specified example is offered at a fraction of its build cost.

Strikingly finished in Blue Mink Metallic, with remarkably straight panels showing no signs of filler or corrosion, the Cortina is road registered and could alternatively be used as a fast road/show car. It has a comprehensive specification, including:

  • forged crankshaft and conrods with forged aluminium pistons
  • big valves, full race cams and a BRM cam cover
  • twin 45 DCOE carbs
  • large alloy radiator/oil cooler
  • Ford Type 9 five-speed with Quaife internals
  • full race suspension with adjustable TCAs and a Panhard rod
  • plated limited slip differential
  • uprated brakes with vented discs at the front
  • polycarbonate side/rear windows and custom-made door cards
  • full-width dash and period-looking sports steering wheel
  • twin FIA approved racing seats
  • Safety Devices rear cage (with brackets to mount a front cage)
  • 6×13 Compomotive Minilite-style wheels with road legal tyres

The history file includes an invoice from 2002 detailing the full build specification, along with other invoices paid by the first owner and communication between him and the FIA enquiring about technical points. Also the car’s logbook from the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) in America detailing the car’s chassis number, the inspector’s comments and a couple of ‘OK to race’ sign-offs from April and May 2002.

Please note that this vehicle is currently at the owner’s house, with viewings by appointment only.

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