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Corgi VA11910A Ford Cortina Mk4, 2.0 Ghia, Jupiter Red, RHD (UK)
Product code: BA7958
A Detailed Limited Edition Die-Cast Scale
The Adult Collector.
Suitable for Children 14 years +
Known as 'Gina' after the TV programme
'Gina, I've got a Cortina' (from the song of the same name), the Cortina
modelled was originally purchased from Ford dealers Peterborough Motors
of New Road, Peterborough on 19th March 1979 by farmer Arthur Lindsey,
who was then 70 years old and had ordered the car three months
previously. It cost £4389.57, which included £326.23 vehicle tax,
£321.45 VAT and £18.50 number plates. Being the luxurious Ghia, 'Gina'
featured tan-velour seats, a vinyl-roof, interior wood-trim and an AM/FM
radio. The only extras were Jupiter Red metallic paint at £24.26 plus
£2.02 tax and an underseal treatment which has helped to preserve the
car in perfect condition.
The Cortina was driven home from the dealers
when new by Arthur's son Roger, also a farmer, and thereafter was stored
in a garage and only used on special occasions. It was taken off the
road in 1989 when Arthur retired from driving having covered only 7,400
miles and remained in dry storage until 2009 when Roger and wife Ginny
decided to re-commission the still immaculate Cortina; fitting a new
cambelt, replacing the hydraulic seals and obtaining new tyres to
replace the hard, but unworn, original Michelins. They joined the Mk1-5
Cortina Owners Club, have since shown the car regularly and were
delighted when their 11,000 mile example won Best in Show at the 2014
Baston Car & Bike Show against more exotic opposition.
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