By the time Ford issued its latest all-model catalogue in September 1975, the MkIII Cortina was already five years old and was entering its final 12 months of production.

There was still plenty of life left in it though, while even its styling managed to hide its age well. The MkIII’s rakish good looks were as eye-catching as when the model first burst on to the scene at the start of the ’Seventies.

But, as you’d expect from any Ford, there was far more to the Cortina than sheer good looks, as this brochure was keen to emphasise: “What is it about the Cortina that makes it Britain’s most popular family car?” it asked, before answering its own question: “It’s a combination of many good things. Its outstanding styling, its wide choice of models and so many alternatives of engine power. Then, there is the sophisticated suspension and sure roadholding which makes Cortina a pleasure to drive.”