1976 Ford Cortina Mk. III Pick Up
Reg. no. PSO 108P
Chassis no. t.b.a.
Engine no. t.b.a.
In Apartheid-era South Africa, international sanctions made it difficult for foreign car companies to import their cars there. To get around this, many chose to open factories there, Ford being no exception. This resulted in several local vehicles being developed – probably the most famous being the spectacular Capri Perana V8. An altogether more practical vehicle, however, was the Cortina pick-up – or ‘bakkie’ to use South African terminology – introduced by Ford’s South African branch in 1971. It didn’t actually contain as much Cortina as the name and appearance would suggest. From the seats backwards, a specially-made ladder chassis was used, the extra strength this provided enabling the vehicle to carry a 1-tonne payload. The suspension was strengthened to cope with this, and the larger Cortina engines of the time were normally fitted – this example features a 2.5 litre version of the well-known Essex V6. Hugely successful in South Africa, from 1982 the cars were exported to Europe, until they were finally replaced with a Sierra-based pick-up in 1987.
This example was imported from its homeland by the previous owner; in good all-round condition, it has no doubt benefitted from spending most of its life in a climate that is not as conducive to rust as ours! Now tax exempt, it has an MOT until April next year.
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