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A BRIEF HISTORY OF

  THE MK 111 1970 -1976








The Mk 111 was launched in October 1970 and was bigger and had more of a ‘transatlantic’ style that its’ predecessor.  This style was to become known as the ‘coke bottle’ ( a term which is still used today), and they also had a brand new type of engine available, the pinto over head - camshaft, although some still had the carry over engines from the mk 11 .


The front suspension was changed to coil springs/wishbone, unlike previous Cortinas that had Macpherson struts, and the rear axle was suspended on coil springs.


Ford had a big range of Mk111’s, 2 door, 4 door, and estate, along with 1.3, 1.6, 1.6GT and 2 litre engines, both manual and automatic transmissions, and a variety of trim and equipment packs.


Prices ranged from £914.00 for a 1.3 litre to £1338 for a 2 litre which was capable of over 100 m.p.h..


The car was given a facelift in late 1973, which saw a new fascia and instrument panel, and a new front grille.


At about the same time the 2000e version with a 2 litre pinto engine was introduced and in 1976 when the Mk111 production ceased a 2000e cost £2456.00 new.


As far as can be ascertained, the production run of the Mk111 was as follows:-


Variant

Number

Saloons (2 & 4 Door)

967488

Estate Cars

154216

Total

1,121,704