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The MkV Cortina was a subtle update on Ford's best seller, with small improvements made throughout the car over the MkIV it replaced in 1979. Changes to the bodywork brought the car into the line with the rest of Ford's range, while most engine configurations saw improved performance figures too.
Like most mid-range saloons of the seventies and eighties, the Cortina was available in multiple trim levels, following a familiar base, L, GL and Ghia formula. An estate version also proved popular, which Ford oddly chose to construct out of a mix of MkIV and MkV body panels.
The MkV Cortina was Britain's best-selling car from launch until 1981, dropping to second place in 1982, after which it would be replaced by the all-new Sierra.