The “Ziebart” anti-rust treatment certificate, plus the history and old MOTs backing up the very low recorded mileage of only just over 25000 miles that come with this MK5 Cortina, go a long way to explain its superb condition.
So rare to find a “Survivor” like this, so many of this model were just used, abused and then thrown away, that few survive today. Registered new in March 1981, the last year off full production before the introduction of the Sierra and the same year that the Cortina once more topped the sales charts. PKN215W was built as an “L” model but according to its owner, factory fitted with the “GL” spec interior and wheels you see here today. From that point and through its 4 former keepers it has led an unusually sheltered life. Check out the online MOT history and you will see it has recorded apx only 2000 miles since 2005 when records started. Last MOTd in 2015 a new MOT will be provided.
The current owner has carried out some work on things like the suspension. He has renewed bushes etc where they were getting old and dry, using modern “poly” style replacements that will last its lifetime. Body work is rust free, yes if you look very closely there are signs of some paint rectification work being carried out over the years and some dulling of things like the bright work in the windscreen trims but they are 37 years old original items, so this must be expected.
Interior is excellent, the seats having been protected from new by covers. Everything works and is factory fresh. Mechanically the 1.6 Pinto under the bonnet, starts instantly, helped no doubt by the fitting of a “Webber” Carburettor conversion. Pull the choke out on a cold day, crank the starter and off she goes, no nasty noises, smoke etc and settles to a nice even tick-over. Gearbox, back axle and the rest of the mechanics are all spot on and all the exterior electrical items work as designed.
So a one off chance to own a bit of “Blue Oval” history and one like all rare and even not so rare Fords, will go up in value while you enjoy its ownership.
NOTE: The car is being kept with its owner, so appointments to view will need to be made by seriously interested parties.