1982 Ford Cortina Mk V

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This Cortina is from the last year of production and has covered fewer than 50,000 miles from new.

The Cortina was Ford's mid-sized saloon from 1962 to 1982, and for many of those years it was Britain's best- selling vehicle.

This one owner example was bought new by Andy Donaldson, specially ordered and built in Belgium to his specification, it is now a rare example of an automatic 2.3 with fewer than 100 surviving.

Andy was born in Barrow-in-Furness and after serving in the RAF during WW2 he entered the Merchant Navy, rising to the rank of Chief Engineer. He finished his working career at ICI, treating himself to the Cortina aged 60. Following many years retirement in Gloucester Andy and his wife returned to Barrow where he sadly passed away in 2016 aged 94. His widow Win decided that donating the car to the Lakeland Motor Museum allowed many people to enjoy the vehicle, as Andy had done for the 34 years he drove and looked after the car.

Ford replaced their large saloon Zephyr/Zodiac model with the Granada in 1972. 1977's Mk 2 Granada bore similar styling to the Mk V Cortina. The Cortina range was replaced in 1982 by the Sierra - though they were a common sight on Britain's roads well in to the 1990s. There are around 1,300 Cortinas taxed for use on the UK's road at the moment.

Key Facts
Year of Manufacture1982
RegistrationWDF 751X
Location in MuseumStreet scene


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