Wednesday, 13 July 2011

XE'd mkII Cortina

I'm a massive fan of the mkII Cortina. I had one a few years ago and I absolutely loved it, despite the engine blowing up half an hour after I bought it. The shape is so pretty, so studded with timeless detail, that it can be forgiven all sins.

Paul Smith's '67 Deluxe - featured here in Dep-O magazine - presumably doesn't have to worry about smouldering engines, propelled as it is by something more modern: a 2.0-litre Vauxhall XE twin-cam. The body is largely stock - and unrestored, showing superb patina - while the interior is more about subtraction than addition; it features Mitsubishi Evo VIII seats and not a lot else. Power goes through a modified Mustang axle, smiles come from the fruity cams and Hayabusa throttle bodies. An excellent all-rounder.

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