At first sight this silver Cortina Mk 2 estate looks par for the 1970 course. But look closer and there are plenty of clues to its true identity – the aftermarket wheels, lowered suspension, exhaust, Lotus dials, RS seats, and a curious letter S at the centre of the grille where they should be a C.
Something is clearly afoot and one look under the bonnet tells you what. No 1,600cc donk here, not even a Lotus twin cam, but instead shoehorned in is an Essex 3.0-litre V6. This is a Cortina but not as we know it – and, being an estate, not at all what people 40 years ago expected.
The car is the creation of 1960s hot saloon hero, and former British saloon car champion, Jeff Uren, and this was his own car. It was his daily driver for 20 years until he sold it in 1991. Now it can be yours – it’s one of the lots in the Silverstone Auctions Classic Motor Show Sale at the NEC on 12 November, with a guide price of £24-28,000.
Uren made a speciality out of putting big engines into little cars but cut his teeth as a racing driver, engineer and team manager. As competitions manager he looked after the John Willment stable of Ford Galaxies, Falcons, Cobras and GT40s.