Additional information

Body Type


Ext Colour

Pale blue with a cream roof

Fuel Type


Int Colour

Tan and black



Model Year




Philip Raby

Ford Cortina L Big Six MkIII


Dating from 1973, this MkIII Ford Cortina is a rare beast on UK soils. Badged Big Six, it’s a South African market car with a 2.5-litre V6 Essex engine. It’s certainly noticeably more potent than the 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0 litre cars that were sold in in the UK!

It’s also rare in that it’s in original condition and has not been restored, and has covered just 62,500 miles. It is finished in a delightful pale blue, which we believe was unique to South Africa, complemented by a pale cream vinyl roof. The paintwork is in remarkably good condition for a 49 year car with a few marks, as you’d expect. There is no evidence of serious rust on the bodywork or underneath.

The interior boasts tan vinyl seats which, again, are in good overall condition apart from some splits on the driver’s seat.

This is a car that could be bought and enjoyed as is, with its patina of age. Or it would be a great rust-free basis for a restoration to concours standard. Alternatively, it would be a good starting point for a custom build. It’s most enjoyable to drive, with plenty of power and torque, a sweet gearbox and no knocks or rattles. The car will be sold with UK plates and an MoT.

Philip Raby Specialist Cars is refreshingly different. We like to build a friendly relationship with customers; before, during and after you buy from us. You won’t get a hard sell but you will get friendly and professional advice to ensure that we find exactly the right car for you. We have sold hundreds of Porsches and other specialist cars and have a vast experience to share with you.

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