Arrive into 2021 in style with this Cortina Camper
This isn't just some homemade hodgepodge, this is pukka!
I have plans for 2021 and now I really want to include this in those plans... 'This' is a 1972, Ford Cortina that someone has bedazzled with a camper top. Why? I cannot say. But I like that it has happened. So let's take a peek at what's going on.
Why do I want this? Why?
Most notable is the extra wheels at the back, these, unlike the set you'd find on a G-Wagen or tricked out Defender, these wheels are a simple bogie pair, just there to support the extra heft of the camper. So don't go thinking it's now an off-road beast. Still. With the chassis work done, let's poke elsewhere.
IT'S GOT SIDEPIPES!
Under the redesigned bonnet is the 2.0 Pinto TL20 four-cylinder, which when new would have put out a chonky 99 horsepower. Although since then a lot of time has passed, and the car has gained a few lbs, so don't expect the performance to be even on nodding terms with sprightly. The power heads rearwards via a four-speed manual transmission and then to just one set of those rear wheels.
Not its best angle...
Inside is where things get quite exciting, the front of the cabin has been retained, apart from the steering wheel which has been replaced with a horrendous chain item. So we've got the dash and seats from the donor car, an XL spec Cortina (ad says GL, but that trim wasn't available in the UK until 1976 with the 4th gen, yes I'm boring). All though some of the dash does appear to have been reworked... by Jeremy Clarkson... after a bottle of Advocaat... There are some rough edges here and there.
Working back, above the front seats we have a Luton with what I think is the bed in it? Then two cupboards, a skylight, a bench behind the passenger, a toilet (yes they squeezed one of them in), some more storage, and then a kitchenette and finally a door from which to escape. Impressive what you can get in the back of a small estate... if you bolt a shed to the back of it.
And here's the thing. This isn't some backyard one-off, you could walk into a showroom and buy one.
Your one-stop shop for re-bodying Cortinas.
The question is, would you? Or if you could turn any car into a camper like this, what car would you use? Let me know in the comments, and hopefully, your 2021 is smoother than the edges on that dashboard...
Want this one? Head on over to Autotrader and dig out the princely sum of £2195. Hurry before I do!