Ford South Africa has produced a number of SA-only variants through the years, and the subject of this print, the Cortina XR6 Interceptor, is one of the most iconic.
The Mark V Ford Cortina model range was introduced in South Africa in 1980. Although the range included engine sizes spanning from 1,3-litre, 1,6- and 2,0-litres, it was the XR6 with its 3,0-litre engine that sat at the top of the range and which became a local icon on its own. However, come 1981 and Ford introduced the XR6 Interceptor. This car was developed and released as a homologation special to allow Ford to compete in the local production car race series called Group One.
Visually the XR6 Interceptor can be easily identified, owing to the notable matte black highlights and more importantly, the number of each individual car on the C-pillar, in this case number 201. Interestingly, this number should correspond with the number on the car’s chassis plate. There is also a small winglet on the bootlid and “XR6 Interceptor” script behind the rear wheelarches and above the rear headlights. Inside, the cabin also features sport seats that offer improved side support. Buyers also had no choice in terms of colour, as all the cars featured the Wild Coral Red, immediately visible from a distance or in your rear-view mirror.
But, it is under the body where the important improvements were made. Interceptors featured triple-downdraft 42 Weber carburettors, an aggressive camshaft, a different exhaust manifold and suspension updates. Assisting with a better foot print, wider Ronal 13-inch wheels were also fitted.
We will print only 50 each of these A2- or A3-sized prints, so grab yours fast. Each print will be numbered on the front (bottom right-hand corner). Looks best behind glass and with a thin frame (not included).