Lotus Cortina Mk1 (ex-works)
Manufactured in 1963, this is not an ordinary Cortina but a genuine, factory supported Lotus Cortina Mk1 series 1 “S-frame” car to the correct specification.
Driven by Arthur Blank as a “Ford Switzerland” entry, it had factory support from Lotus which continued when it was run by the Scuderia Filipinetti team. It has further kudos in being the 1965 Swiss Touring car Champion.
This well documented Cortina with continuous ownership is ready to be enjoyed on the track or road (UK registered). After 45 years living in Switzerland, it was brought to the UK in 2008 after which more than GBP 40,000 has been spent on it. It was then used sparingly with 2 races in UK and the Tour Auto rally in 2010 for which new seats were fitted. The engine is freshly rebuild by Field Motorsport and has less than 1 hour running (dyno-tested at 160 bhp @ 6500 rpm and strong torque of 145lbs). New calipers, fire system and seat belts.
Having 2010 FIA HTP papers and a UK road registration, this Lotus Cortina with exceptional works pedigree is ready to give its new owner great fun on the race track or on the road !
Ownership History: 1963 - 1966: Arthur Blank, Switzerland raced and rallied in Swiss Championship ’64 to ‘66 entered by Ford Switzerland/Scuderia Filipinetti 1967 - 1969: Scuderia Filipinetti, Geneva Switzerland. Believed unused and in storage 1970 - 1989: Dr Gordon Poell, Switzerland , raced in Swiss Championship 1970 & ‘71 1989 - 2005: Mr Schmidt and Mr Grootes, Switzerland with FIA papers issued in 1989 2005 - 2005: G. Moell, Switzerland, well known collector. Confirmed car was ex-Arthur Blank 2005 - 2008: Mr Bonvin, Switzerland 2008 - 2013: Nick Jarvis, UK; raced twice in Masters series in 2009; raced 2010 Tour Auto placed in dry storage 2013 - C: Sold to current owner Race History: Ford Switzerland 13/03/64: Solitude-Charbonnieres Rallye #91 A.Blank/F.Karrer 5th 1st in class 23/05/64: Mitholz-Kandersteg Bergrennen #115 A.Blank 1st 1st in class 23/08/64: St Ursanne-Les Rangiers Course-de-Cote #164 A.Blank 2nd OA, 2nd in class 13/09/64: Freiberg-Schauinsland Bergrennen #187 A.Blank 1st OA, 1st in class 03/10/64: Emmenbrücke-Eigental Bergrennen #96 A.Blank ? - 10/06/65: Geneva Rally, Switzerland - A.Blank/R.Helbling 15th OA, 3rd in class 22/08/65: St Ursanne-Les Rangiers Course-de-Cote #220 A.Blank 4th OA, 2nd in class 00/09/65: Hockenheim, Swiss TC Championship - A.Blank 1st 20 laps 02/10/65: Marchairuz Course-de-Cote #141 A.Blank ? - 17/10/65: Donau Pokal, Aspern #38 A.Blank 1st 20 laps 1965: Swiss Touring Car Championship - A.Blank 1st Champion Ford Switzerland / Scuderia Filipinetti 11/03/66: Solitude-Charbonnieres Rallye #100 A.Blank/ F.Karrer 16th - 17/04/66: Preis von Wien, Aspern #71 A.Blank Rtd - 18/06/66: Hockenheim, Swiss TC Championship #134 A.Blank 1st - 02/07/66: Oberhallau Bergrennen #180 A.Blank DNS did not start 05/07/66: Slalom Payerne, Switzerland #14 A.Blank ? - 21/08/66: St Ursanne-Les Rangiers Course-de-Cote #169 A.Blank ? - 16/10/66: Donau Pokal, Aspern #39 A.Blank ? - Gordon Poell, Zurich 20/06/70: Walzenhausen-Lachen Bergrennen #124 G.Poell ? - 16/10/71: Vaduz-Triesenberg Bergrennen #247 G.Poell ? -
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