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The classic Ford Cortina driven and owned by British legends is up for auction at a stunning price

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A FORD Cortina driven and owned by British racing and music legends has been auctioned for a staggering amount.

The 1963 Ford Lotus Cortina was driven by famous racers Jim Clark, Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore and was owned by musician Chris Rea.

Ford teamed up with Lotus to build this multi-winning engine, and bidders went crazy over it at a Collecting Cars auction.

The bidding ended just under £114,000 (€132,500), with the money going to a private seller in Geneva, Switzerland.

This very car was first driven in the 1963 Oulton Park Gold Cup, where it won the class with Jack Sears.

A week later it won its class at Snetterton in the final round of the British Saloon Car Championship in the hands of the legendary Jim Clark.

Then in 1964 it was brought to the United States, where it was driven by American driver Dan Gurney at Sebring.

It went on to win at Pensacola with racer Sir John Whitmore, so little Cortina isn’t lacking in motorsport heritage.

Years later, in the 1980s, it was discovered abandoned in Florida but fully restored.

Chris Rea then owned the car and it was driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​by TV star Tiff Nedell.

The Lotus Cortina features a 1.6-litre twin-cam Lotus petrol engine, fed by twin Weber carburetors and driving the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox.

The ad says the car is: “Properly finished Ermine White, with accents of Sherwood Green on the flanks, finished with gold ‘Team Lotus’ lettering and pinstripes.

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