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.
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.
- For cars with 165R13 we would suggest 13D13 Michelin inner tubes, if a tube is needed.
- The base models of Cortina that fitted 165R13 tyres had 4.5” steel rims.
- 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.
- The more salubrious models with 185/70R13 tyres fitted 5.5” Alloy wheels.
- If you want inner tubes in 175/70R13 or 185/70R13 tyres we suggest 13E13 Michelin tubes.
- For more 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.
- If you need an inner tube in your Lotus Cortina, we would suggest 13D13 Michelin inner tubes.
- We also offer 13” Dunlop Racing tyres for racing a Lotus Cortina in most historic series.
Independent Tyre Test - The Results
In the world of modern tyres it is commonplace to come across a tyre test. Sadly 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 relation 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
From 1962 to 1982, the Cortina was built in five iterations (Mark I through Mark V, but the final one was officially named the Cortina 80) and was the best-selling car in the UK throughout the 1970s. It was created as a rival to the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor under the name "Archbishop." The automobile was originally planned to be called the Ford Consul 225, but it was actually introduced under the name Consul Cortina until it was dropped after a redesign in 1964.
Britain had a special love affair with the Cortina, despite the fact that it was essentially a rebadged Taunus at times, and from the MK I to the MK V it kept itself relevant as a reasonably priced practical car on the market and was the best-selling car every year from 1972 to 1982 when it was surpassed by the Ford Escort.