This is as close as I am likely to get to driving a Mk 1 Lotus Cortina. Other than the similarity of the body work the two cars have little in common. The Mk 1 was built from 1962 till 1966 with over one million being produced before moving to the Mark 2 version. Ford knew that they could not produce a small car to rival the mini at a price to make it viable so they decided to opt for a family saloon for the masses. It was extremely successful and in the same way as the mini helped to enable family travel in comfort at a reasonable price.

This version is a rare Super, 3 gear, automatic variant from 1963 badged as a Consul and is the pre air flow. It is remarkably practical and drives well. It is not designed for long high speed motorway work but is perfect for "A" roads and pootling around town in style. It has a 1.5 litre engine and drum brakes all round.

There are fewer than 6,000 of these cars left in the country.

Low Season* Mid Season** High Season***
1 day £78 £88 £98
2 day £140 £158 £175
3 day £204 £230 £255
4 day £264 £297 £330
5 day £320 £360 £400
6 day £360 £405 £450
7 day £400 £450 £500

*Low Season: October 1st - February 28th/29th
**Mid Season: March 1st - May 31st
***High Season: June 1st - September 30th

Ford Cortina