The Mark II Cortina was released in Australia 50 years ago, in August 1967. The model range went from a bargain basement two door all the way to a sporty 1.5 litre GT. If you lusted after the famed Lotus variant, you were going to be very disappointed. Ford did not include it in the local line up. Which means David Fotheringham’s Mark II Lotus is a rare car in Australia. How rare? David estimates there are less than 20 in the country. David’s Lotus is a 1967 build, number 331 of that year. It was imported by Geoghegans Sports Cars in 1971 from the UK. David is the third owner in Australia. 44