First released in 1982 then re-released in 1983, the single, Ullo John! Gotta New Motor! was a top 20 hit for writer, actor and comedian, Alexei Sayle (then best-known for playing the character Jerzei Balowski, in The Young Ones).
Featuring slightly surreal lyrics, the rap largely references Ford’s decision to replace the much-loved Cortina with the about to be announced Sierra — with the record sleeve and video featuring a Mk5 and Mk3.
Later in 1982, Sayle would participate in a BBC Arena documentary, The Private Life of the Ford Cortina, which reflected on the model’s demise.
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