Rare Ford Cortina stolen

Last updated 05:00 04/07/2012
STOLEN: Ten years of restoration work went into this 1966 Cortina, taken from the car park at Bay of Islands Golf Club at Kerikeri. Have you seen it?

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The theft last week of an irreplaceable, rare and cherished 1966 Ford Cortina has left owner Phil Sharp feeling very sore.

The vehicle was taken from Bay of Islands Golf Club car park in Kerikeri on June 27, during the afternoon.

Phil bought the Ford Lotus Cortina MK1 model in the United Kingdom in 1990 and took ten years rebuilding it there before he brought it to New Zealand in 2003.

The car, worth about $70,000, is one of only 25 or so in the country.

"There were only about 3000 Mk 1 Lotus Cortinas made between 1964 and 1966," he says. "This car took me ten years to restore to as-new condition."

The car – white, with a green strip, registration BLR 519 – was spotted on Waipapa Rd at about 3pm on Wednesday and later in Kaikohe, in both cases near a black or dark coloured utility.

Phil is offering a reward for its recovery and asks anyone who might be able to help him get his car back to call him on 02102623738 or the Kerikeri police on 094079211.

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