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Segment: Compact
Production years: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966

FORD Cortina 1962-1966 7 Photos
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The Cortina was one of the most important vehicles from the '60s British car industry. It was the car that paved the way to sport-compact coupe vehicles.

Ford designed a concept-car in North America, named Cardinal. But ultimately, it decided that it was too small for Americans taste. So, they asked the British arm if that car would fit into their pans. The answer was "yes," and the first car rolled down from the assembly line in 1962. But it wasn't quite like the original, and it used the name Cortina instead.

The car was designed by Rory Brown Jr., who was sent into the U.K. after the disastrous design of the Ford Edsel. This time, he did it right. It was a light car, available in three body shapes: coupe, four-door sedan, and station wagon. They shared the same front fascia with a pair of round headlights and trapezoidal chromed grille. The descending bodywork lines were made the car looks faster. The round taillights split into three areas were a delight and became a classic theme design.

Inside, the Cortina featured a flat, straight dashboard with only a bump over the instrument cluster. It offered just about enough room for four passengers, with tilting front seats. There were not many features inside the cabin, allowing the carmaker to sell the vehicle with big discounts.

The drivetrain was simple, with an inline-four under the hood and a four-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox. To promote the car, Ford worked with Lotus to create a sporty version, and that's how the Lotus Cortina appeared on the market. A light, agile, fast vehicle that won many races on the race-tracks' tarmac and the gravel in rally stages.

FORD Cortina 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.2L 4MT (49 HP)
  • 1.5L 4MT (60 HP)

FORD Cortina
1.2L 4MT (49 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 1.2L 4MT (49 HP)
Cylinders:L4
Displacement:1198 cm3
Power:36 KW @ 4800 RPM
49 HP @ 4800 RPM
48 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque:67 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
91 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System:Carburetor
Fuel:Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed:76 mph (122 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):22.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Drums
Rear:Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length:168.3 in (4275 mm)
Width:62.5 in (1588 mm)
Height:56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track:50/49.5 in (1,270/1,257 mm)
Wheelbase:98 in (2489 mm)
Ground Clearance:6.5 in (165 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.5
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:1874 lbs (850 kg)

FORD Cortina
1.5L 4MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 1.5L 4MT (60 HP)
Cylinders:L4
Displacement:1498 cm3
Power:44 KW @ 4600 RPM
60 HP @ 4600 RPM
59 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque:82 lb-ft @ 2300 RPM
111 Nm @ 2300 RPM
Fuel System:Carburetor
Fuel:Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front:Discs
Rear:Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length:168.3 in (4275 mm)
Width:62.5 in (1588 mm)
Height:56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track:50/49.5 in (1,270/1,257 mm)
Wheelbase:98 in (2489 mm)
Ground Clearance:6.5 in (165 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight:1750 lbs (794 kg)
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