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Cortinas, Cashel and Tara (old thread)

  • 29-07-2008 5:54pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    These were special edition Mk5 cortinas for the irish market,was there any other fords that were irish market only,and does anyone have one of the above cortinas?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,695 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash


    Were they introduced to try to shift stagnant stock before the Sierra was introduced?

    (I recall a neighbour getting a 'Tara' in that horrible beige that seemed to be popular then).


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    Were they introduced to try to shift stagnant stock before the Sierra was introduced?

    (I recall a neighbour getting a 'Tara' in that horrible beige that seemed to be popular then).
    Im not sure if that was the reason they were created,but its likely knowing ford!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 510 biggus


    Bill cullen made a lot of money with the fiesta fairlane. It had a spoiler ,stripes a center console and a push button radio and chrome wheel trims for the edge of the steel wheels !!!!! and maybe a cheap after market sunroof
    sold like hot cakes


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,738 ✭✭✭✭ corktina


    tara abd cashel roughly correspond with UK carosel and crusader.....there also was a Corrib which was a Galway dealer special I think

    there arent many left...I know of a Corrib and theres probably a couple each of the others left, very few of these are in good condition


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    Ah, i see,they just stuck on the badges,they already had the english spec cars.Never heard of the corrib version.
    While on the subject of cortinas,has anyone a decent scan of the guaranteed irish sticker that was on the back window of some of the later ones?If anyone remembers them!!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,738 ✭✭✭✭ corktina


    no they werent exactly the same as the UK ones...the UK ones were higher spec....(as per usual!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,269 ✭✭✭ MercMad


    Yeah the UK ones were higher spec and the Corrib wasn't just a Galway edition, the dealer here in Malahide sold plenty, 541 KZL being a 1300 Corrib in Tibetan Beige.

    I always felt the Corrib was the nicer of the specials, the colour co-ordinated side strip was quite tasty.

    As you can see this was 1981 so I doubt it had anything to do with the launch of the Sierra, the supply of which didn't really get into full swing until April 1983.

    I dont recall the sequence of which came first, only that the Cashel came after the Corrib.

    As extras the Corrib had nicer upholstery, rear fog lamp, head rests and an internally adjustable exterior mirror on the drivers side, as well as wheel embelishers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,176 ✭✭✭ TigerTim


    I remember my Dad having one - 440 NZL. Can't remember if it was a Tara or a Corrib. It seemed to be a big step forward from the MK3 Cortina he had previously. It was "Terracotta" in colour. There were a lot of 123 *ZL registered cortinas in Kerry around the early eighties - imports from Dublin!!!!.:D

    T.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    TigerTim wrote: »
    I remember my Dad having one - 440 NZL. Can't remember if it was a Tara or a Corrib. It seemed to be a big step forward from the MK3 Cortina he had previously. It was "Terracotta" in colour. There were a lot of 123 *ZL registered cortinas in Kerry around the early eighties - imports from Dublin!!!!.:D

    T.
    Ah,your a kerryman so,unfortunatly i was a bit young to remember those..:p


  • Registered Users Posts: 202 ✭✭ Motormouth


    How about the Fiesta "Festival"?
    Or The "Fairlane Flyer" Fiesta?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,757 ✭✭✭ ianobrien


    MercMad wrote: »
    .... 541 KZL being a 1300 Corrib in Tibetan Beige.....


    God, that must have been a rocket ship, a 1300 crossflow in a Mk4/5 Cortina body.

    (Ya, I can't talk about 1300 crossflows too much, as the Mk2 Escort's got one, but it started life as a GT engine, but now it's a bit fruiter. It does sound nice at 7,000rpm plus....)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,501 Alfasudcrazy


    I remember those specials alright - most manufacturers had similar marketing gimmicks around this time.

    Ok they were marginally above the basic spec cars but I can't understand why anyone would want one when there are much more sumptuous GL and Ghia models for sale all the time. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,542 ✭✭✭ Blue850


    Any remember the Fiat Ritmo San Remo? front spoiler with yellow foglights and side stripes around 1980-82


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,269 ✭✭✭ MercMad


    Well the GL model was about 5% more pricewise, probably a good weeks wages and that kind of money wasn't in abundence in those days!

    My father bought a brand new Fiesta Festival for my mother in 1981, 353 FZL, from Esmonde Motors Stillorgan for the princely sum of £ 3,825.00 punts, including metallic paint, Aztec Bronze.

    That was a lovely little car and looked well with the matt black bumpers and wheels, with the alloy look embelisher.

    The Festival has the 1" wider track, due to the wheel rim being 1/2 wider, wider tyres, side rubbing strips, rear wash wipe, head rests, cloth upholstery and FM radio.

    I used to take it around the estate when I was 11 years old, unkown to my folks and then in 1987 when I got my prov licence it was my car to use at the weekends. Instead of studying for my leaving cert myself and mates used to go for a drive to see if we could get it airborne.................which we did regularly.

    A year later I did in the engine as I spent a little too long pulling handbrakers on Dollymount and starved the engine of oil, at 78,000 miles.

    So it was out with the engine, stripped it first and tied a rope around it in the driveway. Got the crank done and a new set of shells, rebuilt with new gaskets etc, oil pump and clutch. We sold it in '89 and my cousin used it for about 3 years. She never serviced it and 3 days before I was due to go on holidays to the Canaries with my g/f she arrived with it on tow.

    It wouldn't start as the compression was so low. So cue rebuild # 2. Out with the Motor, honed the block cleaned everything up and got a new set of rings, and bearings again for good measure. Got it back together and running 4 hours before our flight.

    That was a good holiday, eventually relaxed after a good few scoops in the airport bar !

    Sorry to go on !!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    MercMad wrote: »
    Well the GL model was about 5% more pricewise, probably a good weeks wages and that kind of money wasn't in abundence in those days!

    My father bought a brand new Fiesta Festival for my mother in 1981, 353 FZL, from Esmonde Motors Stillorgan for the princely sum of £ 3,825.00 punts, including metallic paint, Aztec Bronze.

    That was a lovely little car and looked well with the matt black bumpers and wheels, with the alloy look embelisher.

    The Festival has the 1" wider track, due to the wheel rim being 1/2 wider, wider tyres, side rubbing strips, rear wash wipe, head rests, cloth upholstery and FM radio.

    I used to take it around the estate when I was 11 years old, unkown to my folks and then in 1987 when I got my prov licence it was my car to use at the weekends. Instead of studying for my leaving cert myself and mates used to go for a drive to see if we could get it airborne.................which we did regularly.

    A year later I did in the engine as I spent a little too long pulling handbrakers on Dollymount and starved the engine of oil, at 78,000 miles.

    So it was out with the engine, stripped it first and tied a rope around it in the driveway. Got the crank done and a new set of shells, rebuilt with new gaskets etc, oil pump and clutch. We sold it in '89 and my cousin used it for about 3 years. She never serviced it and 3 days before I was due to go on holidays to the Canaries with my g/f she arrived with it on tow.

    It wouldn't start as the compression was so low. So cue rebuild # 2. Out with the Motor, honed the block cleaned everything up and got a new set of rings, and bearings again for good measure. Got it back together and running 4 hours before our flight.

    That was a good holiday, eventually relaxed after a good few scoops in the airport bar !

    Sorry to go on !!!!
    Nah,nothing like a good car story!!!
    Where did it finally end up?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    ianobrien wrote: »
    (Ya, I can't talk about 1300 crossflows too much, as the Mk2 Escort's got one, but it started life as a GT engine, but now it's a bit fruiter. It does sound nice at 7,000rpm plus....)
    Reminds me of the uncles old racecar,had a tuned 1300 too,used to go off the clock on the revcounter,always got a kick out of that!!:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 1 RogerMelly101


    How unusual to see total nonsense presented as fact ha ha
    The corrib was the first special edition
    Was put together hastily to bolster Mark 5 cortina sales the newly arrived front wheel drive Opel Ascona was decimating Cortina sales.
    The corrib was same trim as cortina L model been offered at the time but corrib was offered at the price of the base cortina model.
    The later special editions particularly the Tara was actually a higher spec than the cortina GL at the time.
    It had a dual purpose, run down large stocks of cortina ghia interior trim s and to shift a large overstock of cortinas as the Sierra was imminent.
    As a matter of fact , small numbers of brand new cortinas were still being drip Fed into Ford dealers almost up to a year after the Sierra had launched. No more than two or three would be at any one dealership at anyone time and they would be offered with a substantial discount under the pretext that these where the very last of the cortinas , these stocks were constantly replenished . The very last units shipping out from the Ford compound in Cork well after a year of the sierra of being on sale.
    As for the screaming 1.3 crossflow it was adequate for the fabulous roads of Ireland at the time I don't think a mile of motorway existed in the country at the time. The predecessor of vrt which was in place at the time was based on cubic capacity so the 1.3 was kept on to try and meet a lower price point


  • Registered Users Posts: 694 ✭✭✭ richardsheil


    How unusual to see total nonsense presented as fact ha ha
    The corrib was the first special edition
    Was put together hastily to bolster Mark 5 cortina sales the newly arrived front wheel drive Opel Ascona was decimating Cortina sales.
    The corrib was same trim as cortina L model been offered at the time but corrib was offered at the price of the base cortina model.
    The later special editions particularly the Tara was actually a higher spec than the cortina GL at the time.
    It had a dual purpose, run down large stocks of cortina ghia interior trim s and to shift a large overstock of cortinas as the Sierra was imminent.
    As a matter of fact , small numbers of brand new cortinas were still being drip Fed into Ford dealers almost up to a year after the Sierra had launched. No more than two or three would be at any one dealership at anyone time and they would be offered with a substantial discount under the pretext that these where the very last of the cortinas , these stocks were constantly replenished . The very last units shipping out from the Ford compound in Cork well after a year of the sierra of being on sale.
    As for the screaming 1.3 crossflow it was adequate for the fabulous roads of Ireland at the time I don't think a mile of motorway existed in the country at the time. The predecessor of vrt which was in place at the time was based on cubic capacity so the 1.3 was kept on to try and meet a lower price point

    You took your time with that.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 22,620 ✭✭✭✭ beertons


    13 years lads.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    joined specially too


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,450 ✭✭✭ ba_barabus


    There was a third Cortina model too but it was very rare, was it a Corib?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,031 ✭✭✭ kaizersoze


    ba_barabus wrote: »
    There was a third Cortina model too but it was very rare, was it a Corib?

    There was. This one might need a bit of work.....

    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/ford-cortina-corrib-mk5-1300cc/26540438


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