Identification codes

Identification codes
The two important numbers you need to identify your MK1 Cortina are the ‘MODEL’ and the ‘SERIAL PREFIX’ Once you have these two numbers, you will be able to find out exactly what it was when built by Ford. If your ID tag is missing from the top of the driver side inner guard, there should be a body number (SERIAL PREFIX) stamped into the front radiator support panel, usually on the passenger side about a quarter of an inch high. This number will (should) match the ID tag.

In their wisdom, Ford Australia destroyed all records of Vehicle Identification number (VIN) and therefore can’t trace VIN identification of models from 1969 and earlier. Below is what we have been able to piece together over the years to help you identify your Cortina.
MK2 Cortina identification codes HERE`

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Where are the numbers on a MK1 ?

Firstly, the VIN or body number on all MK1’s is found on the drivers side (RHD cars) inside the engine bay on the inner guard (wing) near the strut top. Popping the bonnet should be a pretty simple exercise!

This VIN or body number above sometimes curves around as the factory didn’t pay too much attention to stamping them very straight. This one is an exception to the rule…

To find the model number, which should always match the ID tag of your MK1, look on the radiator support panel pictured above. Early models will be numbers EG: 28112 and are a little harder to decipher, while later 65 to 66 models will have a combination of letters and numbers E.G.: CG74XXXX. Early models will have more numbers which will match the SIDO number on the ID tag.


British ID tagged cars use a completely different system to Australian cars. See below for a brief description

Australian tagged cars used 3 different types of tags over the MK1 range.

NOTE: 113E, 118E, 122E & 125E were Right Hand Drive manual gearboxed vehicles with 120E reserved for automatic transmissions. 114E & 119E were Left Hand Drive. 113E were 1200cc and 118E were 1500cc. 122E were GT engined.

NOTE: If SERIAL PREFIX says EG: CBRGC… ‘CB’ means Australian assembled, ‘R’ right hand drive, ‘G’ month of build and ‘C’ year of build. We have not found 100% accurate details printed on decoding this just yet, but if you have any further information and/or experience decoding such things, please let us know. Contact drdanger@cortina-mk1.com

First letter C = Australia built
Second letter G = Broadmeadows, H = Brisbane, K = Sydney.
Next two numbers show the model type start with 7 and are shown in the below table
Followed by another two letters which refers to year and date of manufacturer

NOTE: Early models (pre-airflow) had the month then the year. Models from ’65 onwards had the year first then the month. Codes for very late ’66 and early ‘67 cars can be found using the MK2 Cortina build guide further down.

Month built
B = 1962
C = 1963
D = 1964
E = 1965
F = 1966
January
A
C
B
J
L
February
B
K
R
U
Y
March
C
D
A
M
S
April
D
E
G
P
T
May
E
L
C
B
J
June
F
Y
K
R
U
July
G
S
D
A
M
August
H
T
E
G
P
September
I
J
L
C
B
October
O
U
Y
K
R
November
X
M
S
D
A
December
Y
P
T
E
G
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Australian Identification plate used between 62 and early 64 (CB & CE)


Consol Cortina CB model 11/62/65/3

MODEL CODE DESCRITPION ENGINE TYRE SIZE REAR AXLE
28112
2 door Deluxe
1200cc
5.20 x 13
4:125:1
28132
2 door Deluxe
1500cc
5.60 x 13
3:9:1
28212
4 door Deluxe*
1200cc
5.20 x 13
4:125:1
28232
4 door Deluxe*
1500cc
5.60 x 13
3:9:1
28312
4 door Deluxe
1200cc
5.20 x 13
4:125:1
28332
4 door Deluxe
1500cc
5.60 x 13
3:9:1
28434 #
Super Estate column
1500cc
6.00 x 13
4:1:1
27132
2 door GT
1500cc
5.60 x 13
3:9:1
27232 or 27332
4 door GT
1500cc
5.60 x 13
3:9:1
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*Also: ‘Cortina developed by Lotus’ : 125E from January 1963
Typical ID numbers for a 65-66 Lotus would be BA74FS59*** reversed stamped ID tags sometimes BA85F****
Typical ID numbers for a 63-64 Lotus would be Z74**** front stamped ID tags
* Bucket seats


ID Plate had a minor change in late 1964 until late 1965 to this one.

SUMMARY OF MODEL, WITH BODY TYPE CODES (CE) 65-67 ENGINE SIZE 1198cc 113E ENGINE SIZE 1498cc 118E
2 door Standard CG 71 CG 71
4 door Standard CG 72 CG 72
2 door DeLuxe, column change CG 73 CG 73
2 door DeLuxe, floor change CG 74 CG 74*
4 door DeLuxe column change CG 75 # CG 75 #
4 door DeLuxe floor change CG 76 CG 76
2 door ‘GT’ N/A CG 77**
4 door ‘GT’ N/A CG 78
Estate Car DeLuxe column change N/A 88
Estate Car DeLuxe floor change N/A 89
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* Bucket seats # Also automatic
**Also, ‘Cortina developed by Harry Firth for Bathurst 500’ Called the GT 500 122E

ID plate used until July 1966

Cortina CE model March 1965 until July 1966

MODEL CODE
DESCRIPTION
ENGINE
TYRE SIZE
REAR AXLE
28014
2dr Std 220
1200
5.20 x 13
4:4:1
28034
2dr Std 220
1500
5.60 x 13
4:1:1
28114
2dr Deluxe 240
1200
5.20 x 13
4:4:1
28134
2dr Deluxe 240
1500
5.60 x 13
4:1:1
28214
4dr Deluxe 440*
1200
5.20 x 13
4:4:1
28234
4dr Deluxe 440*
1500
5.60 x13
4:1:1
28314
4dr Deluxe 440
1200
5.20 x 13
4:4:1
28334
4dr Deluxe 440
1500
5.60 x 13
4:1:1
28344**
4dr Deluxe Auto**
1500
5.60 x 13
4:1:1
28434 #
Super Estate column
1500
6.00 x 13
4:1:1
27234
4 door GT
1500
5.60 x 13
3:9:1
27134
2 door GT500
1500
5.60 x 13
3:9:1

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*Bucket seats **Automatic column change have also been found with MODEL CODE of 28244
# This was a woody estate with both UK and Australian ID tags

New ID plate for CE Cortina’s from July 1966

Model type

MODEL CODE
BODY TYPE
12412
‘220’ 2 door bucket seats
12414
‘240’ 2 door Deluxe bucket seats
12433
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12434
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12437
‘GT’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats

 

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Engine code

ENGINE CODE
B
D
F
TYPE
1200cc
1500cc
1500cc ‘GT’

Transmission code

TRANSMISSION CODE

V
T
X
Z
TYPE
4 speed Floor shift
4 speed Column shift
4 speed ‘GT’
3 speed Automatic

Rear axle

REAR AXLE CODE
L
N
P
RATIO
4.1:1*
4.4:1*
3.9:1
*due to typographical error from the source document these two may swap

1967 built MK1 Cortinas

There have been several cars turn up over the years that have different body/VIN prefix to all others. So if your body/VIN stamped near the strut tower starts with something like this 15CA****** or 153A****** or similar and also use the late 1966 onwards ID tag it will be a very early 1967 built MK1. Use the MK2 identification chart to get the month of build


English ID tags

The English Cortina’s had a tag with the main area being called ‘VEHICLE NUMBER’ the underneath had the PAINT CODE. The vehicle number worked like this…EG: BA75EM12345 ( The first 2 letters are not the paint code)

To decipher this is easy ‘B’ means Built in Britain. ‘A’ Means the assembly plant’ Dagenham’ Next 2 numbers indicate the body type. 75 = 4 door deluxe column change. Next two numbers indicate the year and month of build = July 1965.  The rest of the numbers are just the VIN.

All efforts are made to keep data as accurate as possible but if you have any further knowledge, please contact us.


MK2 Cortina

For Australian cars. Same basic application of numbers and letters as in the MK1 Cortina

Example: CG74HG
C= Australia built
G = Broadmeadows, H = Brisbane, K = Sydney.
The two numbers next say the model type 74, 76 & 78
Followed by another two letters which refers to year and date of manufacture

74
220 & 240
76
440
78
GT & GT-L
91
Lotus

Below explains the month and year of manufacture. so using the example above, the 2 letters after the number CG74HG you will get the year and month of your car

Month built
G = 1967
H = 1968
J = 1969
K = 1970
L = 1971
January
C
B
J
L
C
February
K
R
U
Y
K
March
D
A
M
S
D
April
E
G
P
T
E
May
L
C
B
J
L
June
Y
K
R
U
Y
July
S
D
A
M
S
August
T
E
G
P
T
September
J
L
C
B
J
October
U
Y
K
R
U
November
M
S
D
A
M
December
P
T
E
G
P

 

Model code explanation for 1967 models

MODEL CODE
BODY TYPE
12712
‘220’ 2 door
12714
‘240’ 2 door Deluxe bucket seats
12733
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12734
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12738
‘GT’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats

Model code explanation for 1968 models

MODEL CODE
BODY TYPE
12812
‘220’ 2 door
12814
‘240’ 2 door Deluxe bucket seats
12833
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12834
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12838
‘GT’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats

Model code explanation for 1969 to early70 models

MODEL CODE
BODY TYPE
12912
‘220’ 2 door
12914
‘240’ 2 door Deluxe bucket seats
12916
‘240L’ 2 door
12933
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12934
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12935
‘440’ L 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12936
‘440’ L 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12938
‘GT’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats
12939
‘GT L’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats

Model code explanation for 1971 models

MODEL CODE
BODY TYPE
12133 or 12033
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12134 or 12034
‘440’ 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12135 or 12035
‘440’ L 4 door Deluxe bench seat
12136 or 12036
‘440’ L 4 door Deluxe buckets seats
12138 or 12038
‘GT’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats
12139 or 12039
‘GT L’ Sedan 4 door bucket seats

Engine code

ENGINE CODE
L
D
F
TYPE
79 cid or 1300cc
91cid or1500 & 1600cc
91cid or 1500 & 1600cc ‘GT’

Transmission code

TRANSMISSION CODE

V
T
X
Z
TYPE
4 speed Floor shift
4 speed Column shift
4 speed ‘GT close ratio’
3 speed Automatic

Exterior paint codes for MK2 Cortinas HERE

Engine number prefex sometimes found 12CA =1200 15CA=1500

 

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