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1978 Ford Cortina 1.6 GLS MkIV

1978 Ford Cortina MkIV in Keeping Up Appearances, TV Series, 1990-1995 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1978 Ford Cortina 1.6 GLS MkIV

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


Raul1983 FI

2006-07-13 13:37


Onslow's car :)


2006-07-13 14:24


What was with the vinyl rooves these thing had? My dad had a Mk5 version (very similar to this) years ago, he actually claims this was the most reliable car he's ever had, and I like it's funny how it gave him less trouble than cars he's had that were made decades later.

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stronghold EN

2006-07-14 10:21


I had one of these...just a 1.6L ...and it was great...& yes..very reliable (..alot better than the later Sierra 1.8 .. rubbish.!) ... Nowhere near one of my top cars (But..maybe one of my most reliable.!) ..very fondly remembered.! ;)

-- Last edit: 2006-07-14 10:22:20

garco NL

2006-07-19 07:38


[Image: fordcortina002427js1.7716.jpg][Image: fortcortina002428ce3.6265.jpg]

garco NL

2006-07-20 07:45



[Image: fordcortina001740uu7.7722.jpg]
1.6 GL.

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garco NL

2006-07-21 14:19


[Image: fordcortina002109wl2.8019.jpg]


2006-08-16 14:31


I just don't get how such an old design could be more realiable than newer one, especially in the case of the Sierra that succeeded it. Don't car makers learn anything from experience?

got_the_feelin EN

2007-03-28 00:00


The vehicle details for VSD 389S are:

Date of Liability 28 07 1995
Date of First Registration 31 05 1978
Year of Manufacture 1978
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1593CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour BLUE
Vehicle Type Approval null

Donington UK

2007-04-14 00:06


These were reliable, I certainly see more Cortinas today than I do early Sierras.

Elstro1988 EN

2007-07-19 00:02


BTW if you look in the background whenever it parks up (and backfires usually) outside Hyacinth's house, there is a dark yellow version of the Mk4 Cortina parked on the driveway in immaculate condition! in fact you can see it in that 'sparks' photo above!

msl SX

2010-01-30 20:42


Registered in Ayrshire 31/05/1978

blackdr US

2010-06-27 03:20


Date of Liability 28 07 1995? did they junk it right after the show ended?

rjluna2 US

2010-06-27 03:21


garco wrote [Image: fordcortina002427js1.7716.jpg][Image: fortcortina002428ce3.6265.jpg]

Apparently they did...

JordyEmonds93 EN

2011-06-07 15:57


I can imagine it would have been modified (probably in the boot) with some device that makes smoke and a flash to create the backfiring effect, odd pannels etc.. in 1995, this car would be the equivelant of a beat-up L-reg mondeo that we today dont even look at as a classic. Makes you think if modern cars of today will become sort after classics such as the MkIV Cortina...

Skid US

2011-06-30 16:59


According to howmanyleft.co.uk, there are no Cortina 1.6 GLs still registered in the UK...the last one was in 2006 (and there were only around 40 still registered when this show was made).

Mr Chipsticks SY

2012-03-19 16:23


As far as I know, this car *may* still exist somewhere. I have a couple of pictures taken of it a couple of years ago parked in some rather overgrown private area.

8ed5 FI

2015-01-31 06:11


Mr Chipsticks wrote As far as I know, this car *may* still exist somewhere. I have a couple of pictures taken of it a couple of years ago parked in some rather overgrown private area.

You might be right. I found a forum where is two pictures of this particular car in some overgrown area. But that discussion has taken place in 2006, almost 9 years ago...
Link to "passionford.com"

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