For sale is my Ford Cortina Jeff Uren Savage.
For restoration, as it has not run since the late 1990s.
I have owned this car since 1984 but sadly, now I have to sell it as I don't have the means to have it restored properly, or the wherewithall to do it myself. It was driven into the garage in the late '90s and there it still sits. The car is complete, I have removed nothing from it. I have all of the original Savage badges (Bootlid, L&R Front Wing, Gearstick, Radiator Grille, Steering Wheel Centre Boss), I also have a RaceProved Inner Wing Plate - this is an original Uren plate, but NOT the one which came with this car. It also has the correct Rev Counter, converted to 6cyl and with the yellow segment between 5,000-6,000 Revs. It has NOT been "mucked about with" and has never had a vinyl roof or sunroof. The only modifications are to the engine, which had a few "upgrades" done to it, when the previous owner rebuilt it, 33 years and 30,000 miles ago. It is "TaxFree" Taxation Class and I have one of the new V5c Documents for the car. It is probably one of the last Mark 2 Savages to leave Hanwell, as it wasn't registered until December, 1970.
I had a full bare-metal respray and other work, costing over £2,000 done on it in 1993. Unforunately, the respray I paid for, wasn't the respray I got and within a year, surface rust was starting to appear. He either didn't prepare it properly or did it in a damp workshop. Either way, he didn't put enough primer/topcoat/lacquer on it. I'd blown all my money on that and had no more to put it right. The person who did the work, retired and sold up, so I couldn't go back to him to sort it out. In 1995, I moved from Brighton to Uckfield and the Savage was left in the Garage, to await better times and a PROPER restoration. Those times haven't arrived yet and the longer it goes on and the worse the car gets, I don't think they ever will, so it's time to sell it to someone who CAN get the job done.
The paintwork looks horrible, the top sides of the car are covered with surface rust, which is blistering in places, but I'm pretty sure that 95% of it has solid metal underneath. When I took these photos, I poked at some of the blisters and found good metal under them, with just surface rust present. As part of the 1993 respray, I had new carpets from Cortina Parts UK, also various chassis bits (outriggers, jacking points, spare-wheel well, battery tray and inner/outer sills). I jacked the car up on the jacking points and they held the car, so I reckon the underneath should still be fairly solid. The inner wings and strut tops are good and unwelded. I had a couple of metal patches welded in at either end of the bonnet slam-panel many years ago. There is no filler on the car - maybe some on the O/S/R Wing, to repair a little "ding" I had, but not to repair any rust.
The engine hasn't seized (always a bonus!), but the clutch will have. Also, the brake and clutch pedals are down to the floor, so the seals in the Master Cylinders will have perished. The exhaust was a full Jeff Howe system, with tubular manifolds and 1 7/8 bore exhaust but when the Electronic Ignition packed up, it gave an almighty backfire and the exhaust completely sheared just in front of the mid silencer. All I could do, was have a 1600E mid box and rear section, grafted on - can't say I noticed much difference to the performance, though the exhaust is much quieter. I had a reconditioned 3.54:1 Diff and 2000E Gearbox fitted around 1989/90 (although the car has only done around 2,000 miles since they were fitted!). The Radiator was recored at the same time.
The interior is good, if a little dusty. There is a rip in the driver's seat (isn't there ALWAYS??) and a small tear in the O/S/F door card. The dashboard does NOT have a split in it.
There is a New boot Carpet and new Rear Numberplate panel (the one on the car isn't exactly straight).
All in all, I don't believe it will be a difficult restoration for someone with the right "knowhow" and the time to do it. It certainly ISN'T a "basket-case" and these Savages were rare enough to start with and they're getting rarer all the time. This car was one of the original "Savage Register" cars in the early 1980s and there were around 100 left at that time. By 1990, that had dropped to around 40 known cars. The majority of what's left now, are in the hands of "long-term" owners and I WAS one of those (28 years is pretty "long-term" to me!), so they now don't come up for sale very often (the last one I saw on EBay, was three years ago)..
Any questions, please do ask and I'll try and answer the best I can.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING;
Bidders with less than 10 feedback or less than 99% positive, please get in touch first, or I may remove your bid. As a gesture of good intent, I would ask that a deposit of £200 (non-refundable, in the event that the buyer doesn't complete the deal), to be paid into my PayPal account, within 48 hours of the Auction ending, along with your proposals for collecting the car. The balance to be paid in cash on collection of the car, which will need to be trailered away, as it is currently a non-runner. If this deposit is NOT paid within the 48 hours, then I will either offer it to the second-highest bidder or re-list the car. Remember, you bid to buy, and the winning bid is the price you pay. It is in need of restoration, and the buyer should take this into account, when bidding.
I have tried to list everything about the car I can think of as truthfully as my lack of mechanical knowledge will allow.
HAPPY BIDDING AND GOOD LUCK!!
On 12-Jul-12 at 20:44:04 BST, seller added the following information:
I have had MANY requests for "what would I have in mind for a Buy it Now price to end the Auction early?" To be honest, I DID have a figure in mind, but since the bids have now exceeded that figure, and there are so many people showing an interest, I'm inclined in fairness to ALL, to let the Auction run its course and let the best bid win.
I have uploaded some new photos, following requests, of the N/S & O/S Strut Tops, the Spare-wheel Well and a general view of the Engine Bay. Shots of the Boot Floor and Battery Tray will be uploaded in the next day or so. Sorry, but I'm unable to get the car up in the air enough, to take shots of the underside.