Ford Cortina 1.6GL Manual “Survivor” 1981

Ford Cortina 1.6GL Manual “Survivor” 1981 £2,295

After being off the road for more than a decade,we have been asked by its owner to offer for sale this true “survivor” 1981 Ford Cortina 1.6GL .
While its paintwork looks to be mainly original apart from where it has had two new front wings in its time,unfortunately the two small mouldings are missing.Both the outer sills have also been replaced, probably around the same time. Otherwise while it looks fine from 10 feet away there are signs of corrosion on the bottom of some of the doors etc etc(the owner has puffed some paint over the areas to stop it worsening). Now having looked at it ourselves,we feel that to do it justice the car should be looked upon as needing a light body restoration/respray. Unless of course your happy to just leave it as is, get in and enjoy.
Inside is true time warp, with even the original radio(which works)in place complete with a manual aerial outside, remember them? All the clocks and gauges work and even the heater blower functions as Ford intended. All the interior trim is very good apart from one repairable split on the leading edge of the driver’s seat where the stitching has given way. There is only 68300 recorded on the clock but unfortunately all the history has been lost, even a new V5 has had to be applied for, so there is no way to back this up. Not even the VOSA MOT history site can help as their records start from 2005 and this car has not been on the road to be mot’d since before that.
The 1600cc engine fires up easily and once out on the road, pulls willingly with the 4 speed manual gearbox this car has, giving it everyday usability in today’s traffic.It does drive very well for its age.
The owner has presented it for its MOT and apart from some very minor welding all it failed on were the brakes that were dragging and a steering rack, not bad considering how long it had been between MOTs ! All of which are being addressed so it will come with a full MOT.
Cars like this are getting harder to find, most have rotted away or have been fully restored to be kept by collectors and enthusiasts, with prices often nearer to £10K being asked.This represents a rare opportunity to buy one that you can actually use and not be scared to get wet, or to indeed fully restore to show standards.

Now passed its MOT with no advisories.

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