Corgi Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E - Purple Velvet
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The car modelled was first registered near Preston, Lancashire, on December 31st, 1974 and the first owner, Mr Harris, bought it on February 2nd, 1975, paying £1619 plus VAT. He retained it until he passed away in 2000. Current owner Bruce Mc Dermott bought it from Mr Harris' family in 2008 and was able to drive it home because, although the paintwork was poor, it had an MOT and was mechanically reasonably sound having covered only 41,000 miles. However, he felt the car deserved to be restored to perfection so embarked on a full restoration in 2009, which he began by stripping the car back to the bare bodyshell in his home garage. Long standing Cortina enthusiast Bruce was pleased to find that even when stripped to bare metal the bodyshell required no welding at all so this was refinished to a high standard by a local body shop in the car's original colour. The engine was rebuilt to use unleaded fuel and, although Bruce was keen to keep the car largely original, he fitted a later Type-9 5-speed gearbox and higher ratio back axle to improve its performance in modern traffic conditions. The very rare 'Cloud Grey' interior (most were Black or Tan) was complete but needed cleaning and refitting to the newly painted bodyshell. The restoration was completed in 2011 and since then the car has become a much admired regular participant in Ford shows and events.
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