1976 Ford Cortina XL 1.6 O.H.C. Pinto from UK and Ireland
The original design is unique
Vacuum pipe did not work, causing car to stay in first gear, right after car was delivered. Local London garage tried to rip me off, saying it was the gearbox. Other local London garage (Portuguese) fixed it for nothing.
Needed new tyres.
Needed floor pans welding.
Panels need welding/repairing.
Dreaded Ford rust.
Bought this Cortina as a practical/nostalgia buy (my dad was a sales rep with Cortina/Granada's), and being an artist I needed a cheap but different car, and Life on Mars helped! (you impressionable fool).
It's a roomy car, feels spacious compared to today's low-roofed cars with their cramped interiors.
The car looks great, understated, compared to some of today's cars, spot on.
Front seats a little uncomfortable/hot in warm weather.
Smooth engine on A roads, reliable, tough engine, no break downs, (although can be poor to start if not used on a regular basis), but sluggish by today's standards.
I paid a lot for mine, £2500, but these days you have to take what you can find, and also it's the post face-lift version, better dash, square head lights e.t.c, one of the last Mk3's made so it's quite rare.
I don't like the performance, but I want to keep this fairly original, so upgrades will be kept minimal. I love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2010