Ford Cortina Mk2 goes on London to Sydney 1993

This Ford Cortina Mk2 with competition history was listed for sale of eBay with an asking price of £27,500, now reduced to £19,950. Included in the advert was the following 4 paragraphs and photos.

This Ford Cortina was specially prepared to full long-distance rallying specification by Unipart for participation in the 1993 25th Anniversary London to Sydney Rally. Sponsored by the Daily Express and Daily Telegraph newspapers, the first such event was organised in 1968 and the second in 1977. The 1993 25th Anniversary even was the third in the series. There have been two more since: in 2000 and 2004. 106 crews from 17 countries entered the 1993 event.

Carrying competitor number ’75’, ‘RLX 624E’ was crewed by Neville Marriner and John Griffiths, and successfully completed this most gruelling of rallies, which was won by Francis Tuthill driving a Porsche 911.

The extensive modifications made to this Cortina included the installation of an overhead-camshaft 2.0-litre Ford Pinto engine; strengthening the body/chassis; doubling-up the shock absorbers; and fitting a custom-made gearbox, additional lighting, rally instrumentation, Minilite-type wheels, extensive roll-over protection, and a long-range boot-mounted fuel tank. The unusual livery lists the names of sponsoring companies supporting the event. Extensive paperwork relating to the car’s preparation and history is available. V5 registration document, sundry bills. and current MOT included.

Nothing is need to go and have some serious fun!  (7:04 – 7.17)

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