The Ford Corsair was a mid-size car, the Ford England from 1964 to 1970 as a 2 – or 4-door sedan and 5-door station wagon and 2-door convertible produced. The early model used styling details from the Ford Thunderbird model years 1961 and 1962. There was also a convertible version, which was made of Crayford Engineering and is now very rare. In some export markets, a 3-door station wagon was offered.
The Corsair was built on the extended floorpan of the Cortina MK1, with whom he also had many mechanical similarities. The Corsair had a then unusual and bold styling with a horizontal V-shaped fold forward, were inserted into the round headlights, which made for aerodynamic look of the car. The jetfò²©ge appearance continued to the back where the car runs in strongly contrasting vertical taillights, reminiscent of tail fins.
The car was initially with the larger 60hp (44 kW) Engine with 1,498cc (type Ford Kent, with single carburetor) offered, which was incorporated in Cortina smaller than standard and GT version. 1964 brought Tony Brookes’ team in a semi Kent four-cylinder in-line engine Corsair GT 13 world speed records at Monza in Italy, where they (mls 15,000) in class up to 1500cc achieved Ó capacity 159km/h average speed over 24,030km. In 1965, the Corsair equipped with new V4 engines. First there was an engine with 1663cc capacity; In 1966, a more powerful 1996cc – engine with 82 PS (61 kW) to which was also used in the new Ford Zephyr Mk IV.
A manufactured by Abbott Coachbuilders Combined advanced 1966 range, and in 1967 there was the Corsair, as the smaller sister model Cortina, an executive variant, a 2000 E with edges without chrome trim, special wheel covers, a vinyl roof and improved interior.
The performance of the Corsair were unimpressive; the 2.0-liter V4 gave him hardly 153km/h Some enthusiasts queers the car, but there was a popular rumor that said, the car would by its wedge-shaped nose at over 130km/h Front so light that it would be really dangerous to drive. Probably this is an unauthorized rumor which was finally reduced to absurdity, as the Corsair, the above-mentioned world records at Monza reached, where he Hours faster than 160km/h without perceptible effect drove to the steering.
1970, the Corsair was replaced by the Cortina Mk3, the now enlarged the place of the middle class car took in the Ford range. A new, smaller model, the Escort filled the gap that the old Cortina had left. The new Capri replaced the high-performance versions. A total of approximately 310,000 Corsair emerged in six years.
From 1989 to 1992 the name Corsair (known as Project Matilda) used by Ford Australia for a version of Nissan Pintara. The vehicle was available as a sedan or hatchback sedan and should replace based on the Mazda 626 Telstar, which was made in Japan. Both vehicles were offered but a few years in parallel, the Telstar was only hatchback model in the high-performance execution TX5 available then. As a Nissan 1992 his work completed in Australia, the Corsair was set and the Telstar made in Japan again took the place of the mid-size car in the Australian Ford range until it was replaced by the Mondeo in 1995. The Corsair was available as 2.0-liter model (CA20E) and 2.4 l Model (KA24E), in GL and Ghia versions.