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Tales Of A Former Formula 1 Chief Mechanic

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A ONCE humble Ford Cortina, which later came to compete in the 1965 British Saloon Car Championships, is now set to sell for a quarter of a million pounds.

Its driver, the legendary Jim Clark, raced the car on behalf after Lotus was commissioned by Ford to give the Cortina a sporty makeover.

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 The 1965 Ford-Lotus Cortina is expected to fetch £250,000 at auction>�Bonhams>
The 1965 Ford-Lotus Cortina is expected to fetch £250,000 at auction

Having won the Formula One Championship in 1963 - and then again in 1965 - Clark steered the Mk1 Ford Lotus Cortina along with touring car champions Sir John Whitmore and Jack Sears.

The 1965 two-door car originally went on sale for £1,100 and three shillings, before being sold to Lotus the following year.

It is believed to have been used by David Lazenby, Team Lotus's Chief Mechanic, and then onto private ownership by the car maker's employee Thomas Kelly in April 1967.

After falling into a state of disrepair, the Cortina was found, salvaged and restored in 2003 and has been rarely used ever since.

 The Cortina is in very good condition and is race-ready>�Bonhams>
The Cortina is in very good condition and is race-ready
 The Ford Cortina was raced by F1 legend Jim Clark in the 1965 British Saloon Car Championships>�Bonhams>
The Ford Cortina was raced by F1 legend Jim Clark in the 1965 British Saloon Car Championships

It is powered by a Lotus Elan engine and painted in the manufacturer's traditional white and green racing livery, with 'Team Lotus' emblazoned on both sides of the car.

The current owner bought the Cortina for a record-breaking £136,800 in 2007.

It is now estimated to auction for £250,000 by Bonhams at The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on July 13.

Included in the sale of the car is its V5 registration document and letters of authentication from the Lotus Cortina Register.

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A Bonhams spokesperson said: "The car is in very good condition and is race-ready.

"We believe Jim thought this one was fun to drive, it's a great car and he raced it on more than one occasion.

"We have already had a lot of interest and we expect there to be more as we approach the sale next week."


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Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/6733230/british-f1-legend-jim-clarks-ford-cortina-race-car-is-tipped-for-a-record-breaking-250000-sale/

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