Mike Sweeney presents 'Cortina Special' where he takes a look into the
history of the Ford Cortina and speaks to many enthusiasts!
With guests Graham Robson, Stephen J Vokins, Harry Calton, Tom Malcom,
Maurice Bennett, Andy Middlehurst, Dave Eastwood, Andy Childs, Darren Seed,
Carol Seed, Stuart Hughes.
Originally aired on Men and Motors TV channel in 2003
Best of British Leyland
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Maxi Marathon (1968) - 11 minutes
This film introduced the world to the wonderful Austin Maxi (ADO 14). We
are shown the Exhaustive three-year
testing schedule to which the prototypes were subjected, from the Arctic
Circle in winter to Southern Portugal in summer.
Marina (1971) - 14 minutes
The gripping story of the three-year race to produce the marvellous Morris
Marina (ADO 28). Boardroom reconstructions allow Chairman, Lord Stokes to
guide us through its conception, design and technical development
culminating in an Exhaustive testing
programme. After glimpsing the extensive upgrade factory facilities we are
finally treated to the filming of the all-important advertising campaign
for the car which epitomised 'beauty with brains behind it'.
Allegro - A New Driving Force From Austin (1973) - 14 minutes
An in-depth look at the attributes of the amazing Allegro (ADO 67). The
British Leyland team that worked on the car tell us enthusiastically about
its virtues - the 'Hydragas' suspension, the styling, and of course, the
famous square 'Quartic' steering wheel. Who could resist?
Princess - The Car That Has Got It All Together (1975) - 21 minutes
A Seventies Film for a Seventies Car - meet the Princess (ADO 71),
codenamed Diablo. We are introduced in graphic detail to each car in the
range - the Wolseley, head of the family, and its less well-endowed
cousins, three Austins and three Morrises.
Metro - A British Car to Beat the World (1980) - 27 minutes
The momentous Metro - a make or break vehicle for British Leyland. No
expense was spared on this Exhaustive
documentary covering every aspect of Metro's design from ADO 88 to LC8.
Encompassing development, testing and the remodelling of factory facilities
to accommodate modern production methods such as robots, we gain a
fascinating insight into Longbridge of the period and British Leyland
Total running time 1 hour 27 minutes approximately
Ford Cortina advert, circa 1984
Perennial favourite of dodgy minicab drivers, it's the Ford Cortina. As,
according to this advert, it's also the second coming of Christ himself.
Austin Allegro Advertisement from the 1970s with Thames TV!
A showing here of a 1970s Austin Allegro advertisement with a very 70s
soundtrack. Shown for a bit of amusement with the classic Thames TV ident.
This video is shown for the purposes of entertainment and information. All
copyrights are acknowledged and remain with Thames Television/Independent
Television and BMIHT. All rights reserved.
1960s BMC Mini advert
See the Mini go for a spin, as well as the new wind-up windows demonstrated
in this suggestive Australian advert.
OLD TOP GEAR (1993), NEW FORD MONDEO, SIERRA, CORTINA & JEEPERS JAMBOREE, 1/3
The new Ford Mondeo (1993) is featured in this episode. First of all,
Michele Newman shows some of the predecessors to the Mondeo, the Mk1
Cortina, the Mk2 Cortina (1600E version), Mk3 Cortina & finally the
MK4/Mk5. Afterwards, Quentin Wilson features the Ford Sierra & explains the
plus & minus points of owning one.