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FORD Cortina Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 4
First production year: 1962
Engines: Gasoline
 

1976 - 1979

The 1976 Cortina was so much of a German Ford Taunus that it was almost impossible for a non-specialist to distinguish them one from another. How the mighty have fallen. Once a great rally car and a respected car on the starting grids in any race, the Cortina became just a shadow of the glorious vehicle it was. Now it was available as a two-door sedan, a four-door sedan, and a station wagon. It was a commercial success, but it didn't have that racy spirit as before. It was, basically, a facelifted version of the Taunus TC2 but sold in the same era. Its predecessor featured a "...

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gasoline engines:

  FORD Cortina 1.6L 4MT (67 HP)

  FORD Cortina 2.0L 4MT (102 HP)

  FORD Cortina 2.3L V6 4MT (110 HP)

 

1970 - 1976

Ford U.K. and Ford Germany combined their forces under the new Ford of Europe name and jointly developed Cortina's third generation, and their efforts paid off. Launched in 1970, the Cortina marked a turning point for the blue-oval brand in Europe. It was inspired by the Coca-Cola bottle design trendy in the U.S. and introduced new engines and technologies. It was available as a coupe, four-door sedan, and station-wagon to answer all the market's needs and, starting with 1972. It was Britain's best-selling car until 1976 when the Escort overtook it. The boxy design of th...

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gasoline engines:

  FORD Cortina 1.3L 4MT (68 HP)

  FORD Cortina 1.6L 4MT (69 HP)

  FORD Cortina 2.0L 4MT (99 HP)

 

1966 - 1970

Ford introduced the second generation of the Cortina model in 1966, and it rocketed to the top of the sales chart faster than anyone else. Finally, when the second generation of the Cortina stormed the dealers' showrooms, the Austin was left in the rearview mirror. Ford was proud to defeat the small British carmaker that managed to stay ahead of them for a few years. But the second Cortina was truly an excellent blend. It was roomier than its predecessor and offered more comfort and more body versions than its British competitor. When Roy Haynes designed the Cortina MK II, he migh...

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gasoline engines:

  FORD Cortina 1.3L 4MT (64 HP)

  FORD Cortina 1.6L 4MT (76 HP)

 

1962 - 1966

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 in...

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