Now, the Mark 2 in Australia is a different story. British and American Cortina forums talk about Mark 2 Lotus Cortinas as though they are relatively common, often making comparisons between the Mark 1 and Mark 2. I know I'm only a country boy and don't get out much but I don't reckon I've seen a Mark 2 Lotus Cortina. There's plenty of non-Lotus examples getting about on the roads but I think the Lotus ones are rare in Australia. I'm waiting for the emails now, telling me they're everywhere. Anyway, I was surprised to see this nice 1970 Mark 2 Lotus Cortina for sale on ebay in Scotland.
It is fitted with the Lotus Twin Cam engine.
It was pointed out to me that you didn't see Mark 2s racing much because by the time they came out the Escort was around, although Team Lotus did run Mk.2s with 16 valve Cosworth-Ford FVA Formula 2 engines with 205 bhp. I've just had it pointed out to me that they were called Ford Cortina-Lotus whereas the Mark 1s were called Lotus Cortinas.
While on the subject of Cortina GT500s, which we weren't, these Australia-only cars are rare anywhere overseas (getting rare in Australia too really). I think it must purely be an oversight that they weren't included in the recent Unique Cars top 10 Australian cars. All these years later I still feel sick when I think about someone that we know who wrecked one and took most of it to the tip.