In Australia, Ford Corsair came as a 4-door sedan with a 2.0-litre CA20E engine and a 5-door hatchback with a 2.4-litre KA24E engine under the Button Plan model sharing scheme. Ford Australia wanted to bring a car to replace the Japan-imported Ford Telstar. However, Ford Telstar was extremely popular that the Ford Corsair sales never matched up. Sales began in November 1989 until it was discontinued in 1992.
The name Ford Corsair was introduced to the world in the 1963 London Motor Show in October. In Britain, the name was used for a car produced for seven years (1963-1970). Ford Australia, however, used the name to market a badge-engineered version of the Nissan Pintara from 1989 to 1992.
Initially, it was referred to as Ford Consul Corsair (1963-1965). It was a mid-sized car powered by a 1.5-litre Kent engine with a single carburettor that boasted of 60 BPH. It came in two versions, a saloon and a station wagon. Crayford Engineering also made convertible versions which are now extremely sought-after classics. There were only 18 of these vehicles produced, and only four are known to exist.
In 1965, Consul was rebranded as Ford Corsair. The rebranding was accompanied with some changes including the upgrade to a 2.0-litre 1663-cc Ford Essex V4 engine with a top speed of 180 km/h (which was very impressive for a car during that time). Crayford also customised these cars for interested clients by replacing its original engine with a 3.0-litre Ford Essex V6 engine.
The styling of the car was also unique, featuring a horizontal V-shaped crease at the very front and round headlights. However, the overall styling was similar to the 1960 Ford Thunderbird.
Interesting Facts about Ford Corsair–Britain
In 1967, it underwent a facelift. Special wheel trims, reversing lights, updated cabin fittings, dechromed flanks, improved door handles, and a vinyl roof were some of the additions made to the car. The Corsair would eventually be replaced by the MK 3 Cortina in 1970.
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