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  The Cortina Savage was conceived by Jeff Uren, a former Ford works driver and one time     competition manager for the successful 60’s saloon car championship racing team, Willment racing.


In the mid 60’s Jeff decided to strike out on his own and set up Race Proved Ltd, offering bespoke conversions for discerning car drivers wanting a little more go.


When the Mk2 Cortina was launched in 1966, Jeff saw the car’s  potential as a fast long-distance cruiser, and set about fitting a tuned version of the new Essex 3.0 litre v6 (140bhp) into one.  The motoring press raved about its relaxed muscle car-like performances and RaceProved were soon converting brand new 1600e’s - at their peak in the late 60’s at a rate of 15-20 cars a week.  The cars featured a revised cooling system, modified cross member, up-rated suspension, powr-lok lsd, and an extra boot mounted, 8 gallon tank mounted above the rear axle.


While the majority of Mk2 Cortinas converted were 1600e’s, Lotus and GT-based versions were also produced (including estate cars).  A lower priced cheetah model was also available in the early 70’s based on the GT or twin-cam model with a 2.5 litre v6 (118bhp) conversion in far fewer numbers on the later Mk3 & 4 models and even one Mk5.  the v6 conversions were now also available with a Weslake 170, 180 or 190bhp performance upgrade along with a 218bhp Tecalemit fuel-injected version.


  A total of about 1100 Savage-branded Cortina conversions were sold.

       

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CORTINA SAVAGE

1967 – 1980