Cortina Models.
Scratch the chrome off first.


I'm sure a few of you would be interested in Cortina models. There's been a few plastic kits, but Cortina models have mainly been assembled die-cast models, as plastic kits are mainly the product of the larger economies of the USA and Japan - and Cortinas would not be a popular enough subject matter for those countries.

Stefan Axelsson, formerly of the Svenska Cortina Klubben, kindly offered to put together the information below for the site. Most of the text in this section, and all the photos are his, as are the models pictured. My thanks also to Bruce Phillips and Jeremy Wright for their contributions to this section of the site.


Cortinas for the Bookcase
Stefan Axelsson

Our hobby includes much more than just spending time in the workshop, restoring our cars. Many of take interest in close-by areas, eg. leaflets, films and books about old vehicles. Others do collect die-cast models or plastic ones. Placing them behind glass doors will save you a lot of dusting, especially plastic models, which don't go along very well with a dust-cloth.

Our Cortina has made a name with the die-cast model manufacturers, although they haven't fully appreciated the grandeur of the Cortina. But who knows, one day we might see a Jouef or Burago model in 1:18 scale with turnable wheels and doors that you can open. Until then we'll have to stick with 1:43 scale die-cast models. This means models about 100 mm long. When it comes to the Cortina, the Mk.I is the easiest to find, although there are both Mk.II and Mk.III models available.

Corgi is the easiest brand to find, at least if we're talking about the Corgi Classic range. This is their tribute to well known old cars. Among them there are several Cortinas. The older Corgis were produced in Wales, while the newer are produced in China. They use the same model for all the new ones, which are sold in different colours and with different equipment. They all represent late Mk.Is, as identified by the front and the airflow vents.

Among the models you can find a dark blue police car, a red rally GT with extra headlights, and three different versions of the Cortina-Lotus (one which includes driver and mechanic). There's also two different 'saloons', probably Deluxes; one is blue and one is grey. At last there's a new one with external mirrors on the front wings. I've got a grey one, but have heard that there's also a red one out.

The easiest way to get hold of these models is to contact one of the special stores that deals with models. Another way is to go to a swapmeet, but the prices are often higher there.

Other brands to look for are Eligor and Dinky Toys. Eligor has the good taste of using a early Mk.I as a model, the one with separate indicators. Among the old British Corgis there's also Mk.III Cortinas, one police car and one normal car available in blue or tan. The tan one came with a small figure of Graham Hill. You can also find three different Mk.I Estates, a red one, a charcoal-grey one, or a blue one with a golfer and a caddie! If you're lucky you can get hold of a good car with both the figures and the genuine box.


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Some links to follow in search of both new and obsolete Cortina models - note I haven't checked these for ages!



If you're interested in collector cards of Cortinas also, visit Golden Era.

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