Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6HH
This Corsair has a genuine 89, 999 miles and is backed with up previous MOT’s and invoices to certify the mileage. I would start by saying that this old girl is striking in its pale (panda car type) blue and black vinyl roof. The black interior is equally smart and compliments the exterior colour. For those who are not up to speed on the 2000E range, these were the flagship models produced from 1967 to 1970 and featured all the options that were usually extra’s on most other models. The engine is a 2. 0 litre V4 unit with a Webber carburetor and 4 speed manual gearbox. Interior trim was plush for its day with reclining seats, wood dashboard, centre console, roof mounted grab handles, radio, and rev counter and quartz clock. Sparse by today’s standard but certainly top of its game in 1968. So, on to the detailed description, which is long winded but as previously mentioned, honesty and transparency is important.
The Corsair has been repainted in the past and although it has been done to a fair and acceptable standard, its not concourse. The most noticeable areas are the rear wheel arches, which have been repaired. Looking closely you will see that new panels have been fitted but these do not retain the correct profile as the original ones. The work appears to have been done quite well and there is no evidence of rust, however purists will no doubt criticize the different arch profile. I had been tempted to put this right but to be honest, they are better left alone for the time being and to date nobody has mentioned it when I’ve been out and about. Running along the other panels, the Corsair is very solid and the only rust bubbles are on the corner of the driver’s door and the top of the driver’s front wing. Like I’ve said, this car has been painted but in my opinion has not been bodged and I would say the paint has been on for a number of years. The roof vinyl is neat and tidy but is suffering from the typical problem of moisture getting between the roof panel and vinyl covering. This has begun bubbling where the glue has become detached and in my opinion the roof may need recovering in the years to come. Again, its not unsightly and does not need urgent attention but I want to make buyers aware. To be honest the bodywork looks good and the famous Corsair rust points seem to be extremely solid, especially the strut tops which are original. The underside has had welding around the front end, in particular the front footwells. This has been done to MOT standard and apart from a general tidy up; this is typical of Fords from the period.
The interior is very nice and although the carpets have begun to show their age, overall the cabin is a nice place to be. The headliner is very good and I’ve recently replaced the aperture edge trim so this is like new. The wood dashboard is still very good and the only outstanding issue relates to the radio surround, which the previous owner removed (I have tried to source one). I have however fitted a period radio and surround which just needs wiring up and at least looks the part in the interim
This is all good news and the previous owner has obviously maintained the car on a regular basis. The stainless steel exhaust system appears to be very new and a new servo unit has recently been fitted. The Corsair holds good oil pressure and has no overheating issues. The gearbox is nice and the old girl drives very well