• Ford Cortina Celebrates 50th on BBC's One Show - Alexei Sayle and the last Ford Cortina are filmed for the BBCÃ?s One Show. (09/21/12)

  • Ford Cortina Celebrates 50th on BBC's One Show - The last Ford Cortina and its modern counterpart, the Ford Mondeo. (09/21/12)
  • Ford Cortina Celebrates 50th on BBC's One Show - Ford Cortina Glamcab and Glamcab drivers at the Goodwood Revival (credit Adam Beresford). (09/21/12)
  • Ford Cortina Celebrates 50th on BBC's One Show - Ford Cortinas lined up outside the Earls Court Motor Show at the Goodwood Revival. (09/21/12)
  • Ford Cortina Celebrates 50th on BBC's One Show - Ford Cortinas set off for Cortina in Italy from Ford Dagenham as part of their 50th anniversary rally. (09/21/12)
  • Ford Cortina Celebrates 50th on BBC's One Show - Lotus Cortina and Ford Focus ST inside the Earls Court Motor Show at the Goodwood Revival. (09/21/12)
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