1970 World Cup Cortina 1600E's
OK, we know this site is all about RS Escort's but we like most old
Ford's and the Cortina 1600E is no exception. Couple that with the fact that in 2012 the
Ford Cortina celebrated its 50th Anniversary (and we also happen to like football), we
thought this would make an interesting feature.
heres a sight you wouldnt see these days. The year is 1970 and its the
England World Cup football squad. However, unlike today theres not an Aston Martin,
Bentley or Ferrari in sight.... just a batch of Cortina 1600Es.
Back then, England were the current World
Champions having won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. When they defended the Cup in Mexico during
1970, every squad member was loaned a 1600E for the Summer. As you can see from these
publicity pictures, the players all wore their own club's colours rather than the national
the cars carried the registration plates GWC (abbreviation for Great
World Cup) and were consecutively numbered GWC 1H through to GWC 30H. The legendary
Bobby Moore was handed GWC 1H whilst Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst had GWC 9H and GWC 10H
respectively, corresponding with the numbers worn on their shirts.
in 1966, the MK2 Cortina proved a big hit with private buyers and the increasingly large
numbers of company car drivers. Ford recognised this and in 1968 created the 1600E model.
This used the GT's 1600cc engine, the Lotus Cortinas suspension, had special
'Rostyle' wheels and a luxury interior including a smart polished wood fascia and door
cappings. It was truly an "executive" model and overnight Ford had an instant
sales success and initially couldnt keep up with demand. Today, theres still a
cult following for the 1600E.
is an official Ford Press release from the period about the World Cup squad Cortina
If anyone has any other pictures or details about these
cars then please contact us, we'd love to hear from
Ford Cortina 1600E and GT, 1967-70 (Brooklands Books Road Tests Series)
Ford Cortina: The Complete History
Ford Escort and Cortina Mk I and Mk II Restoration Manual (Haynes Restoration Manuals)
Ford Cortina Story - Family Favourite and Race Winner. [DVD]
Ford Cortina Mk 3 - Peak Performer [DVD]