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Another Lotus Cortina at Auction

 
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Brett Wilkie



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:21 pm    Post subject: Another Lotus Cortina at Auction Reply with quote

http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/fullcatalogue.asp?salelot=2651+++++109+&refno=10515890&image=3






French registration
Chassis # 66245 Z74CO
Lotus Engine Type 120 E

- Legendary model
- Well prepared
- Ready for regularity rallies
- No reserve
- Ex Rallye du Vaucluse 1968

Unveiled in 1965, this Ford Cortina Lotus Type 125E, had an early career in the Vaucluse region and participated between 1968 and 1970 in several regional races such as the 1968 Rallye du Vaucluse and the hill races of Lure, Manosque and Ampus. Till 1989, the car was still registered with its Vauclusien number and, between 1994 and 2005, it was owned by a collector from the Savoye region of France. In 2005, became the property of the famous rally driver and collector Pierre Bos, from Toulouse. The car at that point benefited from various restorations, as can be seen by an invoice from garage Harper, and an important file of the workshop ALS for the repair of the rear axle, the gearbox and the engine. The total of invoices is over 20,000. Following this overhaul, the car participated successfully in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in 2007. Featuring a good preparation consisting of rollcage, bucket seats, harnesses and special tank, the car is powered by the double overhead cam Lotus engine, which gives the car its legendary character. The car comes with a FFSA passport from 1998, a FIVA Identity Card and a historic regularity sheet from FIA 2006.



Estimation 35 000 - 45 000
Sold for 33,376
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure the new owners did their research on this car before buying.

Recently LCs that come up on auction seem to have some questionable concerns.

This one is a '65. I.D. plate says 74C...M or Nov'63 pre-airflow
Why does it have two I.D. plates. One with type 125-E

120E is not the original engine block.

I believe this car has been modified by many owners thru-out the years but maybe still qualify as a LC.

Pete
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least it's not LHD.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peteleo wrote:
I'm sure the new owners did their research on this car before buying.

Recently LCs that come up on auction seem to have some questionable concerns.

This one is a '65. I.D. plate says 74C...M or Nov'63 pre-airflow
Why does it have two I.D. plates. One with type 125-E

120E is not the original engine block.

I believe this car has been modified by many owners thru-out the years but maybe still qualify as a LC.

Pete


I ask all these questions purely because I want to learn.

From what I can tell, all signs point to pre-airflow so how could this car be a '65? 125E just means RHD, manual transmission, right? What would the original engine block be for a pre-airflow Lotus? 120E seems to fit timeline-wise.

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peteleo



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lotus Cortina MK1 63-66 series 125E LHD or RHD. Type 28 Lotus
MK2 67-70 series 3020E LHD or RHD

Unlike the other EnFo models. i.e. Anglia series 105E (RHD) 106E( LHD )
Cortina 118E ( RHD ) 119E ( LHD )
and so on.

Cosworth helped race tune the 120E 1499cc engine for Lotus. The end result was a 1558cc twin cam. The block was designed 116E. I have seen 120E blocks in the LC MK1 also the late 2731E blocks with a 6 bolt cranks.

They say it's a '65 so it should be a air-flow model.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it looks like they called it a 1965 in error??
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