Corsair Styling The Corsair styling was clearly inspired by the 1961-63 Ford Thunderbird and the 1961 Ford Taunas 17M from Germany, pictured right. One of the designers of the car, John Fallis, said at the time that the styling intention was to make it look “as if it was moving when it was standing still.” The car was not overly popular in the UK, because buyers could not see the value in the bigger car compared to the Mark I Cortina and it looked a little outdated compared to the Mark II. The Corsair was replaced in 1970 when its dimensions and market rationale were absorbed by the luxury versions of the MK III Cortina. These days the Corsair is a sought after classic. There was also a convertible version built by Crayford. These are very rare. 56