Lot 230 - 1969 Ford Cortina Mk. II Savage

Lot 230 - 1969 Ford Cortina Mk. II Savage

Lot 230 - 1969 Ford Cortina Mk. II Savage

Lot Number 230
Registration VJJ 651G
Chassis Number BA97JJ77671
Odometer reading 93,753 miles
Estimate £27,000 - £32,000
Result Sold - £39,620
  • 3.4 litre Essex V6 Ric Wood engine
  • Owned by our vendor since 1972
  • Well-known to the Savage Register and club
  • Sold from the estate of Alan Monkley

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.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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