1966 Lotus Cortina - Jay Leno's Garage

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Jim Hall's incredibly detailed and fastidious restoration of his Lotus Cortina is complete!
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1966 Lotus Cortina - Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno's Garage

Mike Kaup
Mike Kaup 2 күн мурун
Jim is the nicest person Jay has ever interviewed.
Sarel Trytsman
Sarel Trytsman 6 күн мурун
This Is A Project That Was Done To Perfection Congratulations
Allan Edwards
Allan Edwards 9 күн мурун
I remember these cars in Africa. Every teen had a Ford Anglia - and then upgraded to a Cortina. But then went back to an Anglia - with the lotus engine. It wasn't thought of as exotic - but more reliable.
Russell Clement
Russell Clement 10 күн мурун
I worked at Wreningham building a turkey house at the end of the aerodrome in June 1967 where the Lotus factory was situated ,, Often , I mean at least 3 days a week we saw these Lotus being tested on the runway ,,, I had a Cortina 1200 in 1968 ... the GT was a std . 1500 motor with a single 28 - 36 DCD down draft Webber , of course the motor was modified and was capable of 112 MPH ,, PS the Mini Cooper S did the same speed and thats why the GT was developed ,,
Jim Bozarth
Jim Bozarth 16 күн мурун
I know this car I have Sean in once in 1973 at a backyard body shop in SE Portland Oregon on 117th Ave a few houses down east of Powell Bulverde
Smurphenstein 20 күн мурун
I didn't realise they did a LHD version. Glad Jay got it because you know it will be cherished and respected.
Steve LUFC Allan
Steve LUFC Allan 26 күн мурун
Sir Jackie Stuart lol love these cars way b4 my time but still old skool class
SoySauceJohnny Ай мурун
The motor sounds great. It sounds like an old Brit TV show from the 60's.
Markie Smith
Markie Smith Ай мурун
One point "Lotus Cortina was the only one with badges on the flanks"... No the Cortina GT had GT badges in the same place - so your "Genuine Lotus" could be a GT - I know , I had one! :-)
wave runner
wave runner Ай мурун
Cortinas were made rubbish drove rubbish did not last long to much over steer to much rust, but we loved them, they were nicked named the dagganum bustbin
Some Escort and Capri models also used disc brakes on 13" wheels ,my friend owns an 1800 twin cam MKI Escort which would have the same braking system
J P Ай мурун
They never did talk numbers on the value now....just curious...
J P Ай мурун
So many great quips from this segment. Massive respect for Jim Hall, his knowledge experience, and ability is incredible. Only Jay could bring out the best in the car and the restorer in this interview . Love these....
conrod7 Ай мурун
As an Englishman its great to see Americans appreciating British iron (Ford or not)
Edward Lloyd
Edward Lloyd Ай мурун
Jay is very knowledgeable but driving where he lives is just so boring, what's the point of taking it on a test drìve. I don't think I've ever seen a Lotus Cortina driving with the front wheels pointing straight ahead.
kurt mogensen
kurt mogensen Ай мурун
regarding the brakes , the german 65- ford taunus p5 came with 13inch rims and disk brakes and the same hubcap too
Sara W64
Sara W64 Ай мурун
We *did* go camping in it...just not the Lotus. My Dad had 1600 with bench seats & column gear selector
Jon Champion
Jon Champion Ай мурун
Wonder how many LHD versions made it here?
Jon Champion
Jon Champion Ай мурун
Never mind. He said 220. Interesting.
Keith Ralfs
Keith Ralfs Ай мурун
Why not more detail of the twin cam motor ??
Bob Walker
Bob Walker Ай мурун
The Manchester ( uk) police .used some of these to catch the car thieves in the 80's, they were the only car that could catch them. One day a mechanic, at the ford garage that serviced them, left the keys in the police car he had just serviced and parked it on the forecourt and one of the lowlifes stole it. All day we listened to the local radio reports as the car was chased all around Manchester and couldn't be caught. Eventually they found the car burnt out on waste ground. What a waste !
Stephen Spreckley
Stephen Spreckley Ай мурун
I saw Cortinas race at Brands Hatch '67, '68 in the uk against Anglias, Mini Coopers and more.....
Terence Stevens
Terence Stevens Ай мурун
Yes, in it’s day it was one of the greats, with amazing road holding cornering abilities running on Goodyear G800 tyres, my friend had one, he would pick me up & we would drive 55 miles into our workplace, scaring me around the twisting bends of narrow country roads putting it through it’s paces, loved it!
mug wump
mug wump Ай мурун
lol, spot the cameraman 27:30 😁
Enigmatic Loremaster
Enigmatic Loremaster Ай мурун
my friend had one was a real beauty till he hit a kangaroo one evening on dusk. Both the car and the roo and the driver are now in highway heaven I guess.
stig moltu-jacobsen
stig moltu-jacobsen 2 ай мурун
Thanks! Very informative and entertaining. Great and pretty cars, I remember them well from the sixties, as stock sedans.
Dick Gozinya
Dick Gozinya 2 ай мурун
Wait.....a Lotus model that doesn't start with an "E"? That's weird.
Amir Kazemi
Amir Kazemi 2 ай мурун
so is this Jims car or Jays car - who bought it....???
Mark Lilley
Mark Lilley 2 ай мурун
I had a 2 door GT but we threw out the slow pre crossflow 4 banger and put a 3 litre Essex V6 out if a Capri in it. Used to have to pick and choose when you were gonna hammer it because it was 50/50 if you were gonna break a half shaft. I ended up getting about 6 out of junkyard and keeping them at home cod they broke so regular and got real quick at swapping them. That car flew ..... until I stuffed it into a tree in Northumberland Avenue, North Harrow in 1984 and bent the chassis. I vowed I'd get and build another but never did.
Leighton Elliott
Leighton Elliott 2 ай мурун
The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe used Cortina tail lights.
2vintage68 2 ай мурун
I bought a new 1967 Ford Cortina GT. Superb vehicle in every respect.
John Cooper
John Cooper 2 ай мурун
My first car at 17 was a Mk1 Lotus Ford Cortina - it had sat on an army base car park in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. The regiment had moved to a new location and the solider owner simply left the car. The car was offered to my Dad by the Military Police for nothing and we took it in a heart beat. The car was missing the engine and eventually with Military Police help we found the original engine in a lock up. I paid 200 UK pounds for it and after getting it home we found it was blown and needed a rebuild. I was paid 27 UK Pounds a week at the time. After fixing the motor I went to get it insured, 3 months insurance cost more than I earned in a year as an apprentice!!! I only ever got to drive it up and down my Dads drive, all 100 feet of it! I ended up giving the car to my neighbour who did all our welding and reverted back to a Bond Bug 700ES that I could afford. These cars are now approaching $100k and I still have a very strong soft spot for them. So cool to see it on Jay's program!
2002drumsonly 2 ай мурун
My first car was a 1963 Cortina. It was equipped with Astro Flow" ventilation. It was turquoise. I bought it for $50.00. Rebuilt the motor and painted it. Drove it around that summer with the neighbourhood kids as my passengers. Sold it for $300.00. I was 14 years old at the time. My dad bought me the car to fix up to keep me off the streets... woops.
Shane Maybury
Shane Maybury 2 ай мурун
In Australia we didn't get the Lotus as they would have had to import 250 units to homologate so the local hot Ford Cortina was the GT 440, the sporty Corty 440, they won Bathurst in 1965 with a GT500, named for the race.
Bob Bailey
Bob Bailey 2 ай мурун
I served an apprenticeship as a motor technician in the UK in the late 1960s. There were several dream cars which I knew I would never be able to afford. The E type Jaguar, the MGB and the Lotus Cortina. We did have a saying about the Lotus though, LOTUS = Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious. Great restoration. Well done.
Adriaan de Leeuw
Adriaan de Leeuw 2 ай мурун
The Holden/Isuzu Gemini had front discs with a 13 inch wheel, and I am pretty sure the Nissan /Datsun 120Y also had front discs with 13 inch. I drove one of these in Darwin Australia, as well as the GT version just over 100 miles an hour, in the late 80s they were great fun!
Cro Magnon
Cro Magnon 2 ай мурун
80s Hondas had 13" wheels with disk brakes fyi
Super 73 UK
Super 73 UK 2 ай мурун
Superb video - Thank you! We have a right hand drive 1964 (B Reg) Mk1 Cortina just sitting in the garage!!
TUNNEL RABBIT 2 ай мурун
Had the latter GT in dark green, the one with the ugly rear tail lights. Different motor, but had factory headers. 32mpg.
Scott K
Scott K 2 ай мурун
Great video ! Awesome car.
Bogman Star
Bogman Star 2 ай мурун
Jim is a bloke you'd want working on your car - meticulous, deeply knowledgeable. Wonderful job. And always loved those tail lights!
Aurinko Maata
Aurinko Maata 2 ай мурун
We had that one has Ford (Europe) Cortina
Big Red
Big Red 2 ай мурун
I could have just bought one.
Rab Fallon
Rab Fallon 2 ай мурун
I always thought these were only right hand drive . They must've been good , as it was used in the Great Train Robbery. I wonder why he didn't fully restore it and put the small pair of front bumpers on ? Through the years , our family had the everyday Mk1 , 2 & 3 Cortinas. Here's some beauts kgglobal.info/phone/rGZ6jGWnxM3fZpw/video.html
Iain Sloan
Iain Sloan 2 ай мурун
Bit late to the party, but It's not a real Lotus Cortina if all 4 wheels are on the road surface... :)
zdenek oldrich marek
zdenek oldrich marek 2 ай мурун
In the mid 60's I used to be at the Roskild Ring Danmark and the lotus's were often beaten by SAAB92's and 94's but the Volvo 132's,122s's and B18 / B20's with better drivers could beat the Lotus Cortina's the odd Mini Cooper would push the lotus close behind at times.BMW and ALFA 's 2liter were hard to beat for the Lotus. BMW2002Tii and various Alfa's.the Fiat 1500Abarth were quick aswell ! Tough times for Lotus. Be Blessed.
zdenek oldrich marek
zdenek oldrich marek 2 ай мурун
Lots of fun in the mid 1960's,the Radial tyres became popular so a set of Pirelli Cientorato would be put on and minilite alloy wheels aswell.Then we had extra quartz Iodine lamps and a Halfos until they were banned for road use.PS.I expect a lot of GT's were made to look like a Lotus and sold as such in the states?
zdenek oldrich marek
zdenek oldrich marek 2 ай мурун
The Cortina GT was mainly red.I think that you might have seen these . The GT Cortina was my favourit.Leaf rear springs easily lower the body on these leaf springs.Anti tramp bars also an easy fit.The GT had 90BHP but could tune easily for another 10 BHP. The Dash was with round instruments .Of course a tuned exhaust was always supplied with Police Motorcyclists on their Triumph 650 Saints.Koni rear shocks of course.Great motors and were not so harsh a ride as the Cortina Lotus.
zdenek oldrich marek
zdenek oldrich marek 2 ай мурун
Hi.J.Three times I have had my comment crash so this is my last attempt. IT was ROGER CLARK who made the Lotus Cortina Famous.
joe alcott
joe alcott 2 ай мурун
my mom had a Cortina 65 wagon! God she loved that little pos, electrical nighmare, Ford wanted nothing to do with it
Elaine Bertelsen
Elaine Bertelsen 2 ай мурун
I owned a lotus cortina in NZ in 1969. Was enjoying the show but was disappointed when the trunk lid was opened. Where were the struts that helped hold the rear of the car .The original face lift car had a coil spring rear end with an a frame that caused diff cracks. They were usually modified with leaf springs but it meant that they were not original. I owned a gt model as well as two other lotus models. David.
Andrew Heale
Andrew Heale 2 ай мурун
Story goes that Mercedes made Ford Cortina Mk1 turn their taillights upside down as it replicated their iconic emblem.
MrBcsack 2 ай мурун
A friend bought (& raced) one of these from the Jim Clark Estate (probably 69) - when he lifted the bonnet (hood if you're on the Al Bundy side of the Atlantic😊) I can remember you could see nothing but carburettors & HT leads. Great car in it's day.
Gregory Perkins
Gregory Perkins 2 ай мурун
Ya it might be rare but it was expensive for what it is and not fast slower than a 10 year old corolla. To each his own id rather have a new mustang or golf r
Jim Goodwin
Jim Goodwin 2 ай мурун
Steering wheel made by a friend of mine......
James Kent
James Kent 2 ай мурун
At 6.06 minutes Jim Hall and JL open the bonnet, The room to work on the engine and the simplification of the mechanics is so nostalgic and cool.
David H.
David H. 2 ай мурун
Jay's reference to Jim Clark shows just how impressive his car knowledge is.
Netlife 2 ай мурун
you are joking? That's irony, right? ... I fear not.
WomBatVIC 2 ай мурун
Good work on the green. My mate had one in the late 70's (right hand drive). It was usually a serious contender for the lads around town! :) We had some good times in it! I love Smiths gauges.
Glenn Law
Glenn Law 2 ай мурун
Hey Jay, regarding disc brakes fitting inside 13" wheels. You and Jim surmised there were no other cars that had 13" wheels with disc brakes, however the Sunbeam Alpine of the era had such a set up. I owned a 1960 model from new, with those tiny 13" wire wheels.....same car as featured in "Butterfield 8," only mine was "Glen Green" rather than red like Liz's....both with the black hardtop....like the Model T, you could get any color, so long as it was black!
Matt Crooke
Matt Crooke 2 ай мурун
I have never heard an American say Dagenham before. He did it proud!! I live about 40 miles from the Dagenham Ford plant, and it’s so sad to see it now, compared to what it was 😢
Dale Anderson
Dale Anderson Ай мурун
@Matt Crooke : Yes, it certainly is. I’m a 3rd generation auto worker in Detroit and all the plant closures devastated the local economy. There’s plenty of blame to spread around of course.
Matt Crooke
Matt Crooke Ай мурун
@Essexginge I’m sure the workers at the time would wholeheartedly disagree with you.
Matt Crooke
Matt Crooke Ай мурун
@Dale Anderson it’s so sad to see isn’t it.
Dale Anderson
Dale Anderson Ай мурун
I understand, I’m in Detroit and driving past all those closed plants is terrible. My grandfather was the production control manager for a GM, (Cadillac!division), plant here that was 5M square feet under roof but was shut down in the 80’s.
Dale Anderson
Dale Anderson Ай мурун
Does anyone know what Ford built at their plant in Cork in Ireland before it closed in ‘72 I think?
TREVOR HART 2 ай мурун
The car that I have the fondest memory of. The best teacher ever was Mr Lake, Park End, Middlesbrough. I am a postgrad and born 1957 = approaching middle age , Mr Lake had this car. The link between the teacher who in Junior School had such an influence is why this car, of his, is special.
Howard Chambers
Howard Chambers 2 ай мурун
I had a thing going on with a woman that owned one of these. We would drive to quiet places in it, no reclining seats back then. She was 38 and I was 19. Being driven in a lotus cortina and having my brain melted. That was 44 years ago!!
Glenn Law
Glenn Law 2 ай мурун
I'd suggest it's hard to quantify which of the two concurrent experiences topped the other......if you know what I mean....
Wayne Curtis
Wayne Curtis 2 ай мурун
Afraid to say they have demolished the original factory there shortly about to demolish the original office in delarmare Road Cheshunt Hertfordshire UK 🇬🇧
The Process
The Process 2 ай мурун
That car looks just like the owner!!!
John Turtle
John Turtle 2 ай мурун
The Northern Ireland police (Royal Ulster Constabulary) acquired some of this model back in the 60's to patrol the new highway system (M1 motorway). My dad was an RUS traffic cop back then.
Geoff 2 ай мурун
Had them, drove them, love them, respect. Such a beautiful build.
Paddy Murphy
Paddy Murphy 2 ай мурун
My Father had one. Then he had a 1600E, Then the 2000 E They were all brilliant but the Lotus Cortina was the one that turned heads
Rollina Joint
Rollina Joint 2 ай мурун
Had one of these parked next to a house I shared with a couple of friends in the late seventies. One of them partnered with someone and bought it. They planned to race that car. The two had some disagreement although. One literally took a sledgehammer to it. Indeed such a waste. But he did that. I could not. I still like them in a ugly perverse kind of way. Anyways 🤦🏻‍♂️👌✌️
pass iton
pass iton 2 ай мурун
Yep, that was my first car, in Purple, tho.
Garyf 2 ай мурун
its a Cortina Lotus btw
Neil S
Neil S 2 ай мурун
Lotus created the best looking Indy car ever, and of course Jim Clark was the driver. A different green though.
Tom C.
Tom C. 2 ай мурун
55 years - and these body lineš are still beautiful
Colin Pettit
Colin Pettit 2 ай мурун
This is a beautiful restoration and a beautiful car.
Dakota Winnie
Dakota Winnie 3 ай мурун
Love these. Classic cars that solved speed with something other than displacement are so cool. It's like my Miata's practical grandaddy
Sage Animist
Sage Animist 3 ай мурун
At historic race car meetings I love to see them raced, still bloody quick
John Dillon
John Dillon 3 ай мурун
Incredible the knowledge and passion these guys have.
Richar Marsh
Richar Marsh 3 ай мурун
Jim Hall's work is my personal favorite. He is the type of person you want help from while working on a car. It really helps to associate Mr. Hall with the Lotus, too. Normally aspirated tuning forks.
Barry Tipton
Barry Tipton 3 ай мурун
I had a 1968 mark one ford escort 1300gt no power however 12 discs on front
Hugh Franklin
Hugh Franklin 3 ай мурун
Chapman was a genius
Julian Gunney
Julian Gunney 3 ай мурун
I remember our British racing green 1965 model... Wow life passes so quickly.
Ian B
Ian B Ай мурун
I had one too. C reg!
Jeff King
Jeff King 3 ай мурун
Beautiful Cortina - it definitely was a passion project
vicrider 3 ай мурун
My childhood right there. My dad was an amateur race car driver and had this vehicle as his daily driver. He had a red one and I remember going to Cape Cod in the summertime as a kid in it. Had to love the "AC-like" fans. Thanks for sharing this one Jay.
Andrew Davies
Andrew Davies 3 ай мурун
This car looks and sounds nice.....
Senator Joseph McCarthy
Senator Joseph McCarthy 3 ай мурун
I don't think any of those guys made anything that small did they? Probably n..YaYa.... They asked should we make some special brakes f..RightRight.
Lux Silvanus
Lux Silvanus 3 ай мурун
Very nice looking little car. Get those windshield wipers! I mean, after all that beautiful work? Never knew of this little car. I really like it. Jay was right; it does remind me of a smaller Ford Falcon.
Peter John Ayton
Peter John Ayton 3 ай мурун
A mate of mine had a Mk 2 in the seventies, in the UK. Curiously it lost out to, another mate of mines, Chevy Impala (straight 6 with a 2 speed auto) in a brief tussle from a standing start . It was never destined to stay in one piece - he ended up drifting into one of those big motorway style lamposts - then it bacame a decidely V shaped Lotus
John Murdoch
John Murdoch 3 ай мурун
Great car in it's day. Who's an arm cocker driver. Naughty boy Jay
Pauly Huipio
Pauly Huipio 3 ай мурун
Great job Jim!
rockartistet 3 ай мурун
I used to carry a vox ac30 amplifier in the boot for gigs. The boot was big. I only had the 1500 delux
Nick Davis
Nick Davis 3 ай мурун
They compare it to a Subaru.... uhh no... thie Cortina is a base level KIA Forte or Hyundai Elantra from today
Vince Laform
Vince Laform 3 ай мурун
I saw Jim Clark drive a mark 1 Lotus Cortina to a win at Cadwell Park when I was 12yrs old in 1966 against much more powerful cars!
Newton Forrest
Newton Forrest 3 ай мурун
McGrory 3 ай мурун
Also available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Nom de Plume
Nom de Plume 3 ай мурун
In about 1965 one of our neighbours had one. Of course l was only 8 so l didn't know what it was, but it always stuck in my memory. The first motor race meeting l ever went to involved a saloon car race won by an Alan Mann Racing Lotus Cortina. They were red with a gold stripe though.
Paul Dud , aka Daniel Thomson
Paul Dud , aka Daniel Thomson 3 ай мурун
rose bud
ambread allan
ambread allan 3 ай мурун
Rule Britannia
Olle Sandberg
Olle Sandberg 3 ай мурун
Even the BMC Mini Coopers and Cooper S’s had disc brakes with 10” wheels...
Laurence W
Laurence W 3 ай мурун
I got to drive one of those back in 1975 in nz same color it was a gt so it wasn't a lotus but it was pretty quick
cranky1964 3 ай мурун
The steering wheel on the left is just so wrong.
trey bennet
trey bennet 3 ай мурун
The Red and gold Lotus Cortina's were Alan Mann Racing.. My bother mate had one, and my Brother had a RS 2000 We used to race back to Bristol after watching a days racing at Castle Coombe.. Good old days
Steven. Nutt
Steven. Nutt 3 ай мурун
The best Cortina ! Wow what a restoration job, had a Cortina mk 3,4 and 5....also a Capri, now worth a lot of ££. Great to see it running !! The Lotus Cortina was always a wow! moment when actually seen....
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