Sunday search - 1978 Ford Cortina Ghia

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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One-owner Cortina with Falcon power is a rarity

Sunday search - 1978 Ford Cortina Ghia
Original Cortinas like this are hard to find.

You definitely don't see one of these every day: a MkIV or TE Ford Cortina in what seems like exceptional unmolested condition.

Built locally in 1976-79, they shared a fair bit of Falcon hardware, including instruments and steering columns. Plus you could get them with the Pinto 2lt four, or a choice of two Falcon sixes - the 200ci (3.3lt) or 250 ci (4.1lt) inline engines.

In Europe, you had a choice between fours or V6s.

These mid-sized cars had plenty of speed with the sixes on board, but also got a reputation for being a bit of a lead-tipped arrow thanks to the weight in the nose.

Finding one that looks as original as this 1978 car is very rare.

This is a top-of-the-line Ghia, with air-conditioning and power steering and has a six, but the vendor doesn't say which one. They say it's a one-owner with 100,000km on it and service records.

Whats it worth? Assuming it checks out okay, the $14,500 pricetag is well below resto cost. There are very few good ones out there, so this one will probably help set the values. The fact it's locally-made with a lot of Falcon input should help its value long-term.

Let us know if you buy it, as  we'd love to do a story. It's with Undercover Cars in Queensland - hit the link to see the ad.

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See out TC/TD Cortina Aussie Classic guide.

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