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2015-06-12 07:40


PLEASE HELP: Wheels24 reader Brian Singh has asked fellow readers to help him identify which model Ford Cortina he has. Image: Brian Singh


Wheels24 reader BRIAN SINGH needs some help identifying his Ford Cortina. Can you help?

Wheels24 reader Brian Singh is a lover of Ford classic cars and has several in his collection. He wrote into us asking for help identifying his Ford Cortina.

Singh said: “I need some assistance with the identification of my Cortina XR6. The car has its original factory tags and the one behind the left head light shows the XR6 tag with the colour being mint glaze.

GALLERY: Brian Singh's Ford Cortina

I also have a standard XR6. What baffles me is that the front fender arches are smaller (thinner) than that of a standard XR6.”


Wheels24 readers have sent in their suggestions.

Hans van Breukelen said: "I worked at Ford during the 1970s and 80s. Although I was not involved with the Cortina, I ran part of the Cortina 1 Ton bakkie assembly line. As this bakkie was based on the Cortina, here's what I know.

"Fenders: The bakkie tyres were bigger than the car, so Ford had to modify the front fender flange for more clearance to the tyre. You could have bakkie fenders on the car. As far as I can recall, only the the Escort GT (Mk1) and the Sport and RS (Mk2) had half bumpers - which could have been fitted to your car.

"I can't recall the vacuum pipe gadget and interior switches – which would appear to be an after-market fitment."

Peter Gaunt said: I think that the equipment on the left hand fender may have been for a cruise control, linked to the switch next to the gear lever.

KC said: Maybe Sighn's Cortina is the Interceptor? Good luck.

Nizaam Essop from Cape Town said: The pipes and the engage contraption sounds like the vacuum cruise control which was like those used on the Ghia models. As for the bumper, it’s actually a ‘4pc’ bumper standard with the later model  XR6 with just the middle section and beadings removed.

Stretch James said: Yes its a cruise control, probably a speedocruise. The body looks like a Mk5 especially the front suspension, the Mk5 of '83 also had a stabiliser on the rear suspension from left to right. The rubbers on the doors are also Mk5. The BF on the plate doesn't seem like it was a standard, BF was usually a V8.

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