Ford Cortina Lotus – Flash Back Friday

The Ford Cortina Lotus was only offered as a two-door saloon all in white with a contrasting green side flash down each flank. It had a unique 1,557 cc twin cam engine by Lotus but based on the Cortina’s Kent OHV engine. Aluminium was used for some body panels. For a certain time, it also had a unique A-frame rear suspension, but this proved fragile and the model soon reverted to the standard Cortina semi-elliptic rear end.

The name Cortina was inspired by the name of the Italian ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo, site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. As a publicity stunt, several Cortinas were driven down the bobsled run at the resort which was called Cortina Auto-Bobbing. We would have loved to have seen that!