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Old 06-03-2004, 05:41   #1 (permalink)
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i am looking at buying a Mk1 Cortina GT and i was wondering if any body know of any info about Mk1 Cortina GTs such as what to look for when buying them and what kind of performance they have. also how much are they worth.
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Old 06-03-2004, 06:29   #2 (permalink)
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An Orignal Cortina mk1 GT are few and far between,as you are probly aware they have the 1500ohv gt spec non cross flow engine which has a weber standard from memory,should have remote floor shift,extra gauges oil/volt/temp in the dash.
Performance wise dont expect too much, you probly wont see 0-100 in 10 +secs.
Handling wise unless a restored car with upgraded suspension fairly ordinary compared to today standards.
Like all cars of this age they do rust along the lower door sills,rear quaters,rear window sill

As for price a VERY good example dont expect change from $12k ish an up.
But an "average" one could go for as low as $6-8k.
Its hard to be too critical of these cars as the GTs- GT 500s and lotus cortinas are becoming very rare in good condition.
This info(very broad I know) is based on mates/brothers mk1 GTs/440s we have played with over the years but a good source of info and is the bible for classic small ford is the MAG "classic Ford".there is a few buyers guides and sections dedicated too mk 1 cortina and there restorations.
If I find the issues I might scan some articles.
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Old 06-03-2004, 20:09   #3 (permalink)
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didnt know they were worth that much, my mate is going to be happy, he has one in near mint condition, faded paint is the only thing wrong with it, he also has some hard to get spares for it
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Re: Cortina GT

i never heard of these! i wonna see pics :D
btw do the usual type of checks for previous repairs and stuff
prolly post something in the cortina section about this they'd be able to tell you more accurate things to looks for
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Re: Cortina GT

Prices mentioned seem about right

check out www.pixelmatic.com.au/cortina best cortina site i have seen. not updated often now days but hey they havent changed for 30 years.

as for little things to look for as JG33 is number for Falcon GT, 77 is number for 2 door GT and 78 for 4 door

if it has the original engine it will have the letter GT stamped on a lug on the head looking down you will see it half way down the head on the right hand side.

Make sure engine is 120E cast into block. Anything else will be 1600 (Mk2 Cortina, Escort, Capri Motor).

Body should have twin chrome strips down side forming a arrow point at front. Chrome surrounds on doors (around the windows). This is a good test cause they are hard to get off and something people forget when they create a replica.

Should have a 4 gauge pod in centre of dash with amp,fuel, water temp and oil pressure gauges. Should have a remote shift (come up from floor then horisontal towards rear of car then up for the gear stick) and will be covered by a centre console with lift up lid.

As the centre console has a ashtray in the rear of it, the GT is the only model not to have ashtrays in the rear door trims of a 4 door (little known fact and another way to pick a replica)

should have GT badging on both rear wings and boot lid.
should have arms (2) on rear axle coming from chassis rails to the rear axle.
If they are steel rims they should be 5 inch not 4.5 as standard cortinas and 5.5 as lotus had.

just have a look at some of the pics on the website under the GT section and that will show some of the basic stuff.

as far as i know there is no such thing as a 1965 2 Door GT as they were all converted to GT500s.

any questions just ask i have been mucking round with these things for years having a GT race car myself and my Dad has a real nice road going GT.

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as far as i know there is no such thing as a 1965 2 Door GT as they were all converted to GT500s.


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In australia anyway the UK got the GT in 240/220 body.
We only got the GT500 though .
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Yeah thats true......but of course they made Aussie 2 door GTs every other year just not 1965.

Quite a few differences with UK GT. They had no chrome work and stuff. They had a model called super that had the chrome work but standard mechanicals. weird hey
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Where do you learn all this stuff?
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Reading stuff, asking questions and just mucking round with them myself for the past 10 years.
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Where do you learn all this stuff?
If your interested in these cars,Start buying "classic ford" mag.

Then the internet is an endless supply of info ,you just need to know where to look
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