Classic Ford Cortina raced and owned by British legends sells for crazy price

A FORD Cortina raced and owned by British racing and music legends has sold at auction for an incredible amount.

los 1963 Ford Lotus Cortina was driven by famous racers Jim Clark, Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore and owned by musician Chris Rea.

Esto 1963 Ford Lotus Cortina went for a staggering sum at auction

Esto 1963 Ford Lotus Cortina went for a staggering sum at auctionCrédito: collectingcars

Ford teamed up with lotus to build this multiple race-winning motor and bidders went crazy for it at auction with Collecting Cars.

The bidding stopped just shy of £114,000 (132,500 Euros) with the money going to a private seller in Geneva, Suiza.

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This very car was first raced at the Oulton Park Gold Cup in 1963, where it took the class win driven by Jack Sears.

A week later it won its class at Snetterton in the closing round of the British Saloon Car Champsionship in the hands of the legendary Jim Clark.

Luego, en 1964, it was taken to the US, where it was raced at Sebring by American driver Dan Gurney.

After that it took a win at Pensacola with racer Sir John Whitmore, so the little Cortina is not short of motorsport heritage.

Years later in the 1980s, it was discovered abandoned in Florida but was given a full restoration.

Chris Rea then owned the car and it was driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by TV star Tiff Nedell.

The Lotus Cortina has a 1.6-litre twin-cam Lotus petrol engine, fed by twin Weber carburettors, driving the rear wheels through a four-speed manual.

The advert reads that the car is: ‘correctly finished Ermine White, with the Sherwood Green accents along the flanks, finished with gold ‘Team Lotus’ lettering and pinstriping.

It was driven by racers Jim Clark, Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore and owned by musician Chris Rea.

It was driven by racers Jim Clark, Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore and owned by musician Chris Rea.Crédito: collectingcars
The Cortina was found abandoned in the 1980s but was given a full restoration

The Cortina was found abandoned in the 1980s but was given a full restorationCrédito: collectingcars
It ended up selling for just less than £114,000 with Collecting Cars

It ended up selling for just less than £114,000 with Collecting CarsCrédito: collectingcars