Monday, July 30, 2007

Cortina print ad, 1965

The UK-manufactured Ford Cortina ceased production in 1982.

Seems like a car that was part Jekyll & part Hyde might not have always run smoothly...

"I heard you got a new car! So, are you getting good gas mileage?"


"Well, sometimes. It depends."

"Bucket seats?"

"Umm, so far only at night."

"Two-door or Four-door?"

"Yes."

We very rarely saw the Cortina on the road here in the States, so we're pretty well outside of its sphere of influence.

Except - - as what seems a once fairly ubiquitous economy car in much of the world is all but unknown here, it can thus carry a downright exotic mystique.

After having been made available via US Ford dealers for a time during the 1960's, the Cortina was withdrawn from the American market when Ford decided to produce a domestic small car in 1971, the Ford Pinto, though it continued in Canada until the end of the 1973 model year.

Be sure to take a look at the extensive galleries at the exhaustive Ford Cortina Website, an Australian enthusiasts page that screams 'labor of love'.

2 comments:

ally. said...

i love the idea of america lusting after the glamour and excitement of the cortina. how did they feel about the hillman imp or the morris minor?

The In Crowd said...

Well, very seldom can I *truly* speak for my country when it comes to tastes.

I'd say for the few that are familiar with the Morris Minor, it's a quaint but cool oddity, sort of like our own old Nash Metropolitan.

I don't know the Hillman Imp, and I'll guess that's true for almost all Americans.

Must investigate.

Thanks for visiting Ally, and thanks for posting a link to this blog on your own 'Dusty Sevens' blog!

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