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1966 Lotus Cortina MKI Coupe / BA74FM59709 Vehicle Information

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI photograph

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI1966 Lotus Cortina MKI1966 Lotus Cortina MKI1966 Lotus Cortina MKI1966 Lotus Cortina MKI1966 Lotus Cortina MKI1966 Lotus Cortina MKI
Sold for $73,700 at 2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction.
Sold for $57,200 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
The two-door Ford Cortina GT proved itself as a competitive vehicle in rallies and circuit racing. Seeing the car's potential for more, Ford executive Walter Hayes approached Colin Chapman to produce a world-beating racing saloon. The plan was to assemble 1000 cars to homologate the model for FIA Group 2 racing. Engineer Harry Mundy had been commissioned by Chapman to design a twin-overhead camshaft cylinder head to top the Ford 1500 Ken engines. Cosworth Engineering helped develop and fine-tune the engines, while the Ford 4-speed gearbox specified for the Lotus Elan was adopted for the Cortina program. Chapman revised the Cortina's suspension, changing the spring and damper rates, reducing the ride height, and fitting coil springs at the back. To help reduce weight, the doors, hood and trunk lid were made of aluminum. Aluminum was used in other areas of the car including the clutch housing, remote gearshift extension and differential case. The full-width front bumper was replaced by quarter bumpers. Inside were bucket seats in the front, a pistol-grip handbrake and a wood-rim alloy-spoked steering wheel. Lotus badges were added externally.

Production of the Lotus Cortina began in February of 1963, with homologation being achieved in September of 1963 despite production not yet having reached the FIA's 1,000-off minimum.

The Lotus Cortina was raced by several prominent racing figures including Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Vic Elford, Jack Sears, Sir John Whitmore, and Jacky Ickx.

By the time production came to an end in late 1966, it is believed that some 2,894 Lotus Cortinas had been built. Nearly all were finished in Ermine White with Sherwood Green body band and flash.

This Lotus Cortina is a left-hand-drive street car example with an undocumented history. The car may have been delivered to the West Coast when new, as it was discovered in Northern California by its present owner in 2006. The car was restored in red and gold livery of Alan Mann racing, one of Ford's most successful factory backed teams of the 1960s.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015


2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $70,000-USD $110,000 
Sale Price :
USD $57,200

2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $55,000-USD $75,000 
Sale Price :
USD $73,700

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1966 sales)
1966 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk 1 Race Car
Chassis#: BA74FM59831
Sold for USD$47,600
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BA74 4362065
Sold for USD$55,548
  2018 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1966 Lotus Cortina Mk1
Chassis#: BA74FT59391
Sold for USD$74,250
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1966 Lotus Cortina MK I
Chassis#: BA74FM59709
Sold for USD$57,200
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.I
Chassis#: BA74FY59122
Sold for USD$64,447
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. I
Chassis#: BA74FL59042
Sold for USD$72,503
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk I
Chassis#: BA74 4362065
Sold for USD$77,173
  2015 Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
 
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Rally Saloon
Chassis#: BA74FP59901
Sold for USD$46,106
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1966 Ford Cortina MK1 1500 GT
Sold for USD$23,067
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1966 Ford Cortina (Lotus Specification)
Sold for USD$21,000
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1966 Lotus Cortina MK1
Chassis#: BA74FM59709
Sold for USD$73,700
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  
1966 Ford Cortina GT
Sold for USD$14,964
  2014 Anglia Auction
 
1966 FORD LOTUS CORTINA MKI SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: BA74EK59827
Sold for USD$102,754
  2014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1966 Lotus Cortina Mk I
Chassis#: BA74FM59831
Sold for USD$55,000
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  
1966 Lotus Cortina Mk1
Chassis#: BA74FT 59391
Sold for USD$107,250
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Saloon
Chassis#: BA74FS59292
Sold for USD$73,154
  2013 Goodwood Revival
 
1966 Lotus Cortina MkI
Chassis#: BA74FT59409
Sold for USD$115,500
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  1966 Lotus Cortina MKI image  
1966 Ford Cortina MkI 1500 Super Saloon
Chassis#: BA84FT33833
Sold for USD$3,220
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1966 Ford Cortina MkI 1500 Super Saloon
Chassis#: BA84FT33833
Sold for USD$4,554
  2009 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1966 Lotus Cortina MKI's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1966 Ford-Lotus Cortina Competition SaloonBA74EU590352018 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $80,000$120,000
1966 Lotus Cortina Mk1BA74FS592802017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $75,000$90,000
1966 Ford Lotus CortinaBA74FP599012015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   

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