The Ford Cortina GT was introduced in April 1963, the same year in which Ford set up a racing division at Boreham airfield. The following year the car equipped with a 1,558 cc twin-cam engine fitted with twin Weber DCOE carburetors, a second fuel tank behind the rear seat and Lotus Cortina gearbox ratios, was homologated into the Group1 racing category.
Ford entered a team of six factory-prepared white Cortina GT cars in the 12th East African Safari Rally in 1964 to compete against Saab, Zodiac, MK3 , Mercedes 220, Ford Comet and others. the event ran for 3,100 miles through Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyka on mostly unpaved roads. Four of the cars finished, giving Ford the manufacturer's team prize, the first time that victory had been achieved with cars prepared in Europe. Driver Mike Armstrong came tthird overall whilst Peter Hughes, Ford's Kenyan importer, drove to outright victory in a Cortina bearing the KHS600 number plate.
- Opening bonnet, boots and doors
- Diecast metal body
- Numbered certificate of authenticity
- Detailed engine
- Detailed interiors & exterior