1965 Ford Lotus Cortina MkI Driven By Jim Clark Set To Bring £250,000

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1965 Ford Lotus Cortina MkI Driven By Jim Clark Set To Bring £250,000

An ex-Team Lotus, 1965 Ford Cortina MkI Competition Saloon, piloted by Jim Clark is now set to sell for an estimated £250,000.

The humble Ford Cortina already holds the coveted title for being the most expensive Cortina sold in history and will most likely blow that existing record into the park at the forthcoming Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale July 13th 2018.

Life for this frugal 1965 Ford two-door began by going on sale for £1,100, then subsequently sold to the iconic Lotus brand one year later.

The legendary Cortina is one of the original works racing saloons driven and competed in by the well known Formula 1 World Champion, Jim Clark, while touring car champions Sir John Whitmore and Jack Sears also competed in this same car.

Wearing the plate ‘JTW 498C‘ it was raced, together with ‘JTW 496C’ and ‘JTW 497C’, by the works-backed Team Lotus during 1965 and comes with its factory record card recording events entered, dates, drivers, engines fitted, failures and comments.

Previously owned by Ford Motor Company, the car was sold to Lotus Cars Ltd in 1966, which the old-style logbook clearly records. Apparently Chief Lotus technician, David Lazenby used the vehicle before moving into private ownership in April 1967.

Now fully restored with much of that work being carried out by leading Lotus Cortina specialists, Exway Coachworks of Exmouth. Total restoration was carried out in 2004, with panels, seats, engine and suspension overhauled.

Since its acquisition by the current vendor in 2007, ‘JTW 498C’ has been used sparingly, its outings being confined to demonstration runs up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2008, 2012, and 2013. A unique opportunity to acquire an historic racing saloon associated with three great motor racing champions, including the legendary Jim Clark.

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