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Lotus Cortina – The 1964 Sebring 3 Hour

Submitted by on August 4, 2014

Lotus CortinaJim Clark and Dan Gurney are Lotus Cortina ‘Davids’ amongst a field of Goliaths.

This awesome video by English Ford Line has everything – A traditional Le Mans start, classic period commentary and a pair of absolute motorsport superstars – Jim Clark and Dan Gurney. It really is a terrific little time-capsule of a film taken straight from the period.

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The clip was shot at the 1964 Sebring Endurance, a prestigious and highly competitive three-hour race. At the time of filming the British built Cortina was doing very well in competition all across Europe, and Ford had just decided that America would be next.

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Ford decided that Sebring in ’64 would make the perfect location to test the Lotus Cortina, and this video perfectly captures the result of that decision. The rest of course, was history – the Lotus Cortina is now a legend.

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