The 1600E (for Executive) was introduced to broaden the Cortina's appeal into a higher market segment than it would normally be sold to. Launched at the Paris Motor Show in October 1967, a year after the rest of the MKII range, It combined the lowered Lotus Cortina's suspension with the GT-spec 1600 Kent crossflow engine and luxury trim, featuring a burr walnut dashboard and door cappings, bucket seats, sports steering wheel and a full complement of gauges. Exterior mods were mostly cosmetic, with a black grille and tail panel, front fog lights and the iconic Rostyle wheels. E's have always had a cult following and it seem that prices are rapidly chasing the always-sought after Lotus models. Here's two examples that graphically demonstrate that point.
Does a 50,000 mile Jersey car appeal at £12k?
Or maybe this LHD, 28,000 mile one French owner beauty is more to your liking? A snip at £11k...
Either will set you back a fair ol' chunk of change, but if you really, really want one, this duo really do look like the best of the breed.