Crayford Auto Developments, based in Westerham, Kent, are well known for their convertible and cabriolet models, but their work with MkII Cortinas didn’t stop there. They also built a few coupes for export markets. These had the C pillar cut down moving the rear window forward.
What appears to be a one off project was the Daily Telegraph Camping Car. This was an estate, loaded up with all sorts of extras, that the newspaper was to give away in a competition.
Crayford would also swap out original Kent engines with 3 litre V6 Essex units, not just saloons but for a few of their convertibles too.
Other companies that would build owners a modified Cortina included Luton Motors, a Ford dealer, advertised 1600Es fitted with the Lotus Twin Cam engines, though they are perhaps better known for their padded vinyl roofs.
Over in Ilford, Essex, brothers Mike and John Young had set up SuperSpeed. Initially they were tuning original engines in Anglias and Cortinas but they were soon also fitting the 3 litre V6s into Cortinas and Escorts too. Like the V6 Crayfords, these are very rare cars today with only a handful of known survivors.
In South London, Ford dealers Allard were selling and fitting sunroofs as well as all sorts of tuning parts, including Shorrock superchargers.
The Steele GT was built by Chris Steele Engineering, who would finely blueprint the bottom end of the engine, fit a reprofiled camshaft, and a carefully gasflowed head to give 116bhp using a standard GT crossflow as the starting point. £295 or £195 if a new car.
Without a doubt the best known V6 Cortinas are those built by Jeff Uren. Jeff had been a works driver for Ford before he joined the John Wilment Racing Team to help manage their GT Cortina, Galaxie and Cobra racing efforts. He put his racing knowledge to good use and began working on a V6 MkI Cortina soon after the engine first appeared in the new Zephyr and Zodiacs in 1966.
As soon as Jeff was ready to put it in to production and set up his new company, Race Proved Performance and Racing Equipment LTD, Ford introduced the new MkII and his development work had to start all over again. Known as The Savage, the first Cortinas he sold fitted with the 3 litre engines were based on the Twin Cam and GT models but in time any model MkII could be ordered including estates. By far the most common were those based on the 1600E, “the ultimate Q car” as Jeff called them. In addition to the 3 litre Savage customers could also order the Sprint, featuring a tuned Kent engine, and also the Cheetah, fitted with the 2 ½ litre V6 Essex.