Westrand Car Show - 1963 Ford Consul Corsair 2 Door

Ford Corsair

The Ford Consul Corsair (later known simply as the Ford Corsair), manufactured by Ford UK, is a midsize car that was available as either a saloon or estate from 1964 until 1970. There was also a convertible version built by Crayford Engineering, which is now very rare and highly sought after as a classic.

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Two-door Corsair saloons are also rare, being built only to order in the UK.

The Corsair had unusual and quite bold styling for its day, with a sharp horizontal V-shaped crease at the very front of the car into which round headlights were inset. This gave the car an apparently aerodynamic shape. The jet-like styling extended to the rear where sharply pointed vertical light clusters hinted at fins. The overall styling was shared with the early 1960s Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental.

Westrand Car Show -1967 Ford Corsair V4 2 Door Convertible
1967 Ford Corsair V4 2 Door Convertible

The car was initially offered with the larger 60 bhp (45 kW), single carburetor, 1.5 L Kent in standard and GT form. The range was revised in September 1965, adopting new Ford Essex V4 engines. This engine was available as a 1663 cc and later in 1966, a larger 2.0 litre L version was offered alongside. A 3.0 litre conversion using the Ford Essex V6 engine was one of the options available via Crayford Engineering.

An estate car by Abbott Coach-Builders was added to the range in March 1966 and in 1967, the Corsair underwent the Executive treatment 2000E model with dechromed flanks, which necessitated non-styled-in door handles, special wheel trims, reversing lights, a vinyl roof, and upgraded cabin fittings. The 2000E, priced at £1,008 in 1967, was positioned as a cut price alternative to the Rover 2000, the introduction of which had effectively defined a new market segment for four cylinder executive sedans in the UK three years earlier: the Corsair 2000E comfortably undercut the £1,357 Rover 2000 and the £1,047 Humber Sceptre. A five-seater convertible and a four-seater cabriolet conversion were available via Crayford Engineering. Only 18 Cabriolets were built using technology from Karl Deutsche in Germany.

Westrand Car Show - 1966 Ford Corsair V4 Estate
1966 Ford Corsair V4 Estate

The Corsair was replaced by the Mk 3 Cortina in 1970, at which time the enlarged Cortina became Ford’s mid-sized car, and a new smaller model, the Escort, had already filled in the size below. The new Ford Capri took on the performance and sporty aspirations of the company.

Over its six-year production, 330,000 Corsairs were built – of which approximately 350 are thought to survive.

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The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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IMAGE ATTRIBUTION – Click on link to see a full screen image. The Usage license for each image appears after the photographer’s name.
Featured Image – 1963 Ford Consul Corsair 2 Door – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 4.0]
1965 Ford Consul Corsair – John Bingham 7th Earl of Lucan [CC BY-SA 2.5]  
1969 Ford Corsair 2000E – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1967 Ford Corsair V4 2 Door Convertible – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1966 Ford Corsair V4 Estate – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]