The Lotus Cortina, sometimes known as 'the original fast Ford', was launched in January 1963. There was an increased demand for sporty cars, and in the USA the relationship between racing success and sales success was being realised. So, in the early 1960s, Ford introduced a worldwide policy of 'Total Performance', with each Ford division left to its own devices to design sports cars. Produced in collaboration with Lotus, the car succeeded in lifting the company’s performance image, having huge success on both racetracks and rally courses. This example has a more sedate life in its old age, residing at Spurr Classic Cars in Sheffield where it’s hired out for film and TV work. Keep your eyes peeled next time you’re watching Heartbeat.