This genuine 1970 Savage Cortina Estate is up for auction at the The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in Birmingham, UK. The pre-auction estimate is £24,000. When you think about how rare and just how cool this car is – and the remarkable condition – that doesn’t seem like too much money. On top of that this vehicle is reported to be Jeff Uren’s personal car! Jeff Uren was the founder of Race Proved Ltd and the creator of the Cortina Savage.
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BYC 831J is equipped with an automatic transmission and of course the tuned, 140 HP 3.0 litre Essex V6. The Savage vehicles are certainly Muscle Cars in the American tradition – the fitting of an engine from the large-car range into a vehicle of the mid-size range.
In South Africa Ford sold Cortinas with the V6 engine from their larger car ranges – the 3 litre Essex V6. This 1974 Taunus-Cortina looks great in top specification (the GXL level wasn’t available in the market). Soft and curvy – in fact a lot like Ford’s popular models in the States. Just smaller – and with smaller engines. Check out the early ’70s US Fords for clear evidence of which side of the pond this new styling direction was coming from.
I try to imagine this car being bought new in South Africa and who the buyer would have been given the system of apartheid that was in place. Its looks luxurious in top spec but it is still a Cortina. I can’t imagine.
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This interesting Mark III or Taunus-Cortina (TC) is up for auction in the UK and has a V6. The Daytona Yellow paint, as well as the exterior and interior trim, are claimed to be in “immaculate condition” per the auction house. This generation Cortina is the one that merged with the German Ford Taunus range and became significantly the same car – save for trim and badging – going forward. Coincidentally, the platform took on a more curvaceous, American-esque design of which the European audience was very fond. For 1972 the Cortina was Britain’s top selling car.
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