The Cortina was a run away success, however nothing stays the same forever, and in 1967 the Mark 2 Cortina was launched, this model became the best selling car in the UK, knocking the technically superior, although less reliable Austin/Morris 1100 range from the top spot.
Originally launched with the same engine range as the Mark 1, I.E. 1159 cc and 1498 cc, the model was slightly updated in 1968 with a new range of technically superior and also more economical engines known as the "Kent" Crossflow engine, these were 1298 cc and 1598 cc, they soon became favorites with engine tuners and those who wanted an engine that could be easily "tweaked up". The engine went on to power the Ford Capri range as well as the MK 1 and MK2 Escorts.
1967, the Cortina 1600E was launched, this featured a GT Engine, wood
paneling to the dash board and doorcaps, it also had Lotus designed
lowered suspension and "Rostyle wheels". This car soon gained
cult status, and was the "must have" car of the day. I believe
this explains why this model is still highly sought after even today
some 30 years after production ended!
Clarkson's first car was a 1600E and is still believed to be on the
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