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    Introduced as a replacement for the Classic. Styled with a very pointy nose (not sure how it would fare in pedestrian-impact tests nowadays!), it was one of the first Fords to feature the V4 engine used in the Transit and Mk IV Zephyr 4.

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    My dad bought a 1968 Corsair 2000E in 1973 for 425 and we kept it until 1979. A really nice car...roomy, comfortable and quite powerful, with polished wooden dashboard and a radio--first one I ever saw in a car. Agreed about its nose--it was a bit startling.

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    The one often forgotten model of the Ford range

    A mate at school had an older brother who owned one & we would often go for a ride in his Corsair

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    I did see a Corsair recently, on it's way to or from a car show.

    They filled the gap in the Ford range between the Cortina & Zephyr in the mid - late 1960s. Most of them had a V4 engine, never common in road going cars.

    When the Mk3 Cortina came out in 1970 iit was big enough to replace both the Corsair & Mk2 Cortina.
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    We had one of those when I was a man-cub
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    The one my dad had was fitted with inertia-reeal seat belts. I had only seen the static ones before that. The handbrake was just under the dashboard rather than between the front seats. It was a chrome handle you had to pull to put on the handbrake, then twist it to release it.

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    It looked sharp at the time (you can clearly see the Ford Thunderbird influence at the front end) but was always overshadowed by the Cortina and I think never really sold that well for a Ford. With the Mk3 Cortina and the Capri it would no longer be needed by 1970. Personally I think these two models both look better than the Corsair - the design somehow does not look quite right to me. Something to do with the front end not blending in with the rest of the car perhaps?

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    Also the headlights are too small as though it is wearing wire-rimmed glasses. Larger twin headlights would probably have looked better.

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    That front end view made the Corsair look like it was perpetually startled. I guess it made sense to rationalise the Ford line-up in 1970. The Corsair was, indeed, somewhat superfluous when the Cortina was there as well.

    My dad still had his Corsair when I was learning to drive, so I got to drive it quite a bit with my dad beside me.

    The Achilles' heel of the car so far as we were concerned was that it was very difficult to start from cold. Once warmed up, it was fine, but ours would not start from cold when it had been left for several days, and we had to resort to starting it on a roll, and I think I read something that mentioned this was a common problem with some--V4s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalBall View Post
    Also the headlights are too small as though it is wearing wire-rimmed glasses. Larger twin headlights would probably have looked better.
    I thought that they looked like they were wearing glasses too!
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