1969 Ford Cortina

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Mileage 
    93 753 mi / 150 881 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    230
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

"The Ford Cortina Savage was the incarnation of racing driver Jeff Uren and produced by his own company, Race Proven Limited, who took a Ford Cortina saloon and ‘shoehorned’ the Essex V6 three litre engine into the vehicle. Jeff Uren had raced for and managed the Ford Works team before joining the Willment race team, which fielded Ford Falcons, Galaxies, Cobras, GT40s, and, most famously, the humble Cortina Mk. I. Uren was responsible for the development of the Willment Sprint GT Mk. I Cortina. The gearbox was taken from the Ford Corsair 2000E. Weber carburettor, uprated brakes, electric cooling fan, differential, dampers, additional fuel tank and exhaust were all modifications together with the dashboard, alloy wheels and badges made for this unique motor vehicle. The first car to have the Savage treatment (by dropping in a Ford 3.0 litre Essex V6 engine and re-engineering the suspension) was the Mk. II Cortina; this then progressed to Mk. IIIs, Mk. IVs and even a one-off Mk. V Cortina. A review in Autocar, August 1967 of the Mk. II stated it really does hitch its skirts and get moving in the open roads in a manner that will leave practically everything else standing while Motorsport Magazine stated, ‘The outstanding feature of the Savage is how enjoyable, yet effortless, it is to drive.’
 First registered in February 1969, this spectacular example of the rare Cortina Savage is presented in silver with black vinyl roof and that inconspicuous bonnet scoop. The trim is black with wood veneer dash and in very good order. This car commonly seen at shows and events with Mr. Monkley and was owned by him from 1972. The engine built by Ric Wood has been bored out to 3.4 litre and was fully rebuilt in 2006, it sits in a stunning engine bay coupled to a stunning fully nut and bold show quality example. The history file accompanying this car is not surprisingly also comprehensive with history back to when Mr. Monkley purchased the car. Also boasting a Simpson exhaust system, this car is well-known to the Savage Register and owners club and possibly one of the best examples money can buy, the bonnet scoop alone is enough to hint at the capability of Savage Cortina’s but behind the wheel they are something else. Viewing of this Savage is strongly advised as with all three of the examples from Mr. Monkley estate offered with Historics.
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