Years of manufacture: 1962-1966 

Price when new: £643

Price now: £500-£55,000

Engine: 1,498cc 4cyl petrol, 60bhp

Top speed: 82mph

In the early sixties, car makers across Europe were experimenting with all sorts of innovative technology.

But Ford shunned it all for its new car, using tried-and-trusted mechanicals that were cheap to produce and maintain.

Private and company motorists alike loved the Cortina – or Consul Cortina, as it was named at its launch in 1962.

It was easy to drive, comfortable and just the right size for a family. A twin-cam Lotus version became a legend on the track, too, and helped give the car a sexier image.

It paved the way for the later Cortinas to become Britain’s best-seller from 1972-81.

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