Ford Cortina Tyres
Longstone Tyres can happily provide excellent tyres for the whole Cortina range including the Ford Cortina MK I, Cortina MK II, Cortina MK III, Cortina MK IV, Cortina MK V, Cortina Estate, Cortina Crusader, Cortina Ghia, Cortina GLS 2000GT & 2.3 and of course the fantastic Lotus Cortina.
The following list is the tyres are that Longstone recommends fitting to your Cortina:
Best Tyres for a Ford Cortina
- Early 1200 and 1300 Cortinas fitted tyres as small as 145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 .
- 165 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF tyres for a Ford Cortina MK I, MK II, MK III, MK IV, MK V and all Estate versions.
- 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 Cortina MK II, MK III, and all Estate versions.
- 185/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 tyres for a Ford Cortina Crusader, Ghia, GLS 2000GT & 2.3.
- For information on inner tubes, see our inner tube guide.
Lotus Cortina Tyres
- The first Lotus Cortina came fitted with Dunlop Tyres.
- They had a crossply 6.00-13 option or 165 R 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet .
- Ford soon changed the Lotus Cortina to fitting 165R13 Pirelli Cinturato, but it is not currently produced in this size.
- For now we would suggest fitting Lotus Cortina with 165 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF as the best performance tyre.
- We hope to have a production of the original Pirelli Cinturato soon.
Ford Cortina Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Ford Cortina Tyres
Independent Tyre Test - The Results
In the world of modern tyres it is common place to come across a tyre test. However in the world of classic tyres the investment never seems to be there to do a proper modern tyre test. However a German magazine in July 2016 conducted this modern tyre test using classic tyres. This classic tyre test has been translated from German to English. What is remarkable in this tyre test is quite how well the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 classic tyre performed in the table at the end. The scores in this table are not scored in relationship to the other tyres in the test, so when a score of 1 is recorded, then that is a perfect score for a classic tyre or a modern tyre. It is wonderful to see that these classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 tyres can give such exemplary results.
History of the Ford Cortina
The Cortina was produced in five generations (Mark I through to Mark V, although officially the last one was called the Cortina 80) from 1962 until 1982 and was the UK's best-selling car of the 1970's. Developed under the name "Archbishop" it was designed as competition to the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor. Originally going to be called the Ford Consul 225, the car was actually launched under the name of Consul Cortina until this fell by the wayside following a facelift in 1964.
Britain had a particular love affair with the Cortina, even though at times it could just be a re-badged Taunus, and from the MK I through to the MK V it kept itself relevant as an affordable practical car on the market and would be the best selling car every year from 1972-1982, where it would be knocked from its best-selling spot by the Ford Escort.