Corgi VA11917 Ford Cortina Mk4 1.6 GL, Arizona Gold Diecast Car Model 1/43VA11917
Corgi VA11917 Ford Cortina Mk4 1.6 GL, Arizona Gold Diecast Car Model 1/43
The Cortina modelled was first purchased from Hanger Ford of Leicester on April 15th, 1977, by first owner Mr John H Piggott who specified the unusual Arizona Gold and Tan vinyl roof colour scheme. The total cost of the car was £2752.31, which included an extra £18.99 for the metallic paint, £47.62 for the vinyl roof and £45.50 for undersealing treatment. The car was serviced by Hanger Ford and records show it had covered only 20,941miles when they conducted their last service in May 1986. It was taken off the road in 1995 but remained in Leicester with members of the original owner’s family who decided to sell it in late summer 2012. It was purchased, complete with detailed history file, by Stockport-based enthusiast John Baugh for £550 who, despite only having a narrow garage, embarked on a complete restoration. Doing all the work himself he completed the car in a remarkable 261 days, finishing with an MOT pass on June 7th, 2013. The restoration’s story was detailed in September 2013’s edition of Practical Classics. Current owner, Edinburgh-based Sammy Fielding, initially drove to London in June 2018 to buy a different Cortina which proved disappointing. Before going home empty handed, he looked for others locally and this car was listed by the then owner as he was browsing. He immediately knew he would be driving it back to Edinburgh that day and still enjoys this rare classic.
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