I need to talk about the custom MK2 Cortina because it’s so incredibly beautiful and I love it! I changed the name and look of my blog to include style in all forms, especially those forms powered by an engine, sitting on four wheels and looking smoking hot. So, a few weeks ago we showed our custom, chopped MK2 Cortina Cruiser to Ford fans at Silverstone Ford Fair, then at The Bike Shed for a night of custom classic appreciation.
This car looks good in photos but it’s something else in real life, and there aren’t many (if any) custom MK2 Cortina’s with a four-inch roof chop – on a four door, so it turns heads. A lot of thought and hard work went into this project so when someone says “it’s much cooler than my Lamborghini..” I’ll take that, because it’s true.
Now I want to talk about the drive, because that’s something really special… I had to drive the Cortina to The Bike Shed event because towing a trailer into East London isn’t really an option, which meant I got to drive the Cortina home afterwards. This car was designed as a cruiser, it has the original 1600 GT engine (revamped) so it was never going to be a racer or a muscle car, so driving it through country lanes and dual carriageways really gave me a chance to see how it cruises. This car loves to drive, it belongs on an open road at 70mph cruising. The panoramic roof, custom dash and classic seats mean the interior is a really great place to be. The stance of the car and view of the vented bonnet as you head towards the distance is something else, easy gear changes and the hypnotic noise of the engine as you accelerate all add to an incredible driving experience. This car eclipses all the mass-produced plastic white blobs silently humming along the roads, this custom Cortina is about driving, you have to drive it, you can’t be passive in a car like this. And why would you want to be?
As I said this car is better in real life, but here are some photos anyway because whatever way you look at it, it’s beautiful…
Photographs by me.