The Ford Cortina Mark III was Ford Australia’s answer to the imported opposition
The 1970s were a time when Aussies were passionate about local manufacturing and Australian cars. Ford and Holden, even though they weren’t Australian brands strictly speaking, were king in the local marketplace.
However, as the 1970s progressed, Australian car manufacturers with faced with a growing threat – Japanese imports. The Japanese couldn’t quite match Holden and Ford for the large Kingswood and Falcon respectively, but they were starting to dominate the mid-size segment.
Holden’s answer was the Torana which developed a cult following. Ford Australia’s answer was the English designed and developed Cortina Mark III.
The Aussie Cortina Mark III was produced between 1970 and 1976 was almost visually identical to its English cousin, except it ran the 3.3 and 4.1 six cylinder engines that were also found under the bonnet of the Falcon so they had more grunt to suit local tastes, and more importantly at the time, more muscle than cars from the “Land of the Rising Sun…”