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The Mark III Cortina was inspired by the contemporary coke bottle design language coming out of Detroit the car had similar fluted bonnet and beltline design elements to the contemporary North American Mercury Montego and Ford LTD. It replaced both the Mark II Cortina and the larger, more expensive Ford Corsair, offering more trim levels and the option of larger engines. It marked the convergence of the German Taunus and British Cortina platforms with only minor differences between the two the Taunus was subtly different in appearance, with longer front indicators, different door skins, and rear-wing pressings that toned down the coke-bottle style of the Cortina.

The MkIII went on sale on 23 October 1970, but sales got off to a particularly slow start because of production difficulties that culminated with a 10-week strike at Ford's plant between April and June 1971, which was at the time reported to have cost production of 100,000 vehicles, equivalent to almost a quarter of the output for a full year. Volumes eventually recovered, and with the ageing Austin/Morris 1100/1300 now losing out to various newer models, the Cortina replaced it as Britain's top-selling car in 1972, closely followed by the Escort. It remained the UK's top-selling car until 1976, when it was overtaken by the Mk2 Escort. The Mk III continued in production until the Mk IV Cortina was launched in September 1976.

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