Outwardly the car is a
Capri 3000 XL,
except for matt black
coachwork panels and
V8 badges.

This increase is kept to 9 Kg by using the Boss aluminium bell housing for the clutch and aluminium inlet manifold. Other special equipment includes large‑capacity radiator built to BG specification, exhausts to BG specification, and a special prop shaft built in Australia. ??????
The resulting car is as balanced and well‑geared as it is possible to be within the limits of availability.

PERANA V8
South Africa

A CAR ROAD TEST

The name "Perana" ‑ coined by Basil Green Motors, of Johannesburg for its engine‑ transplant conversions on popular Ford models has come to be synonymous with “performance", both on road and track. The Cortina Perana V6 models have become an established elite among power‑cars in the Republic.

Now the Basil Green manufacturing and tuning establishment has come up with a super  Perana: a Ford Capri 3000 XL with five litres of tuned Mustang V8 power to give it unchallenged "go" and performance.

Imagine a smooth‑handling, quiet-running and low‑slung car that will sprint evenly from 20 km/h (idling speed) to 200 km/h in top gear, that will accelerate with ease  from 0‑100 km/h inside 7 seconds, and which has a 50 percent reserve of power at 150 km/h ‑‑ it sounds unbelievable!

 POLISHED HYBRID

This first successful Capri V8 in the world is Ford hybrid with a high degree of polish and refinement, tacitly approved by Ford, and in steady production at the rate of 28 cars a month from  the new BG plant near Johannesburg.

More than 100 Capri Perana V8's have already been built, and it has been homologated for motor sport purposes: eight or more of them will be in the hands of top drivers in South Africa's 1971 production car events.

Among the eight is Koos Swanepoel, captain of Team Windsor at the Cape, who was South Africa's first saloon Car Champion a decade ago and has been scoring dramatic successes in the new Production Car Series. It was with pleasure, that we invited Koos to feature in this historic Road Test as guest driver.

MUSTANG ENGINE

The basic ingredients of the Perana V8 are quite straightforward:

Capri body and 5‑litre Mustang base engine (as used in the Fairlane V8) are supplied by Ford South Africa, with some special features to BG specification: 4‑barrel Holley car­burettor with aluminium high riser inlet manifold, 360‑degree dry element air cleaner (all which form part of the Ford Stage 1 "Muscle Power” options), plus Stage 2 cam‑shaft (either hydraulic or Boss solid­ lifter) and stronger valve springs. This increases engine range from 4 600 to 5 800 rpm, and output from 156 to 210 kilowatts – almost exactly one‑third more. Gearbox is a four‑speed Mustang close‑ratio unit with floor shift, and rear axle is a Borg‑Warner XB limited‑slip. 

SPECIAL STEERING ?????

The key to fitting the V8 engine in the Capri is modification of the steering, and for this purpose, a special rack is made overseas to BG specification for mounting behind the engine. Brakes are standard, with harder pads to the front discs, and suspension is lowered 1 ½ inches all round, with stronger coils and modified valves at the front legs to compensate for the small increase in weight.

PERFORMANCE

It’s performance is quite phenomenal: an optimum start from rest produces two jagged black streaks behind the car as the limited‑slip diff takes effect. As the wheels start to bite properly it goes to 100 km/h (in second gear) in 6.7 sec, and to 120 is 9.3 sec, with a maximum speed potential of 228.4 km/h.

In terms of familiar Imperial measures, it does the 0‑60 mph run in 6.1 sec, and tops 142 mph in a straight line!

Fuel economy is surprisingly good - very close to that of the Capri 3000 at cruising speeds ‑ and top gear power is out of this world: in track tests, we found that flooring the accelerator in top at 160 km/h produced a smooth surge of power.

SMOOTH TO DRIVE

There is nothing terrifying about driving this Perana V8 ‑ in fact, it is an exceptionally‑easy car to handle and drive. The lowered car is stable and smooth‑handling on its ultra‑low‑profile radials, steering is accurate and reasonably light, and mechanical noise levels are notably low.

The single shortcoming is in braking­ - these are very good brakes for normal road use, but under repeated heavy‑duty start‑stop use in our performance runs they became noticeably hot.
In giving extra‑big muscles to the Capri, Basil Green and his team have done an outstanding job. The Perana V8 is one of the world's top‑performance cars, yet it is un‑fussy, and can he serviced and maintained by the Ford dealer round the corner.  In its very simplicity lies its true greatness!

  CAR January 1971

 


BASIL
GREEN

and a car called "Perana"

Basil Green (above), creator of the
first cars Production V8 Capri in the world.

are produced at a rate of 30 a month in 
a factory (above) near Johannesburg.
Four completed Capri Perana's stand
behind the assembly line.

 

 

A new BG development
These Miura-type rear slats which can be
fitted to the Capri.





 

By DAVID EDDLESTON

Basil Green is a name that is synonymous with power and racing successes, and generally making your car go faster and handle better than you would have ever believed possible. Basil Green, the man, is a short stocky powerful man with a handshake that would put a torque-wrench's grip to shame, and for most of his 34 years he has concentrated on 'tweaking' and breathing on all sorts of cars to extract the utmost in power and performance from them. For the last few years he has concentrated mainly on Ford products.

Basil first learned about 'tweaking' when, after qualifying as a mechanic at Lawson’s in Johannesburg, he went to Europe for a few years and worked as a pit mechanic for the Cooper Formula 1 team as well as the Italian Tojiero racing team. After working the racing circuits of Europe he returned to South Africa in 1959 and immediately opened up Basil Green Motors in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg.

Most of us suffer from a shortage of that commodity commonly known as cash at one stage or another and Basil was no exception for some years. Initially he concentrated on plain down-to-earth servicing and repairs, but in 1962 Basil's break came and he hasn't looked back since. The turning point was when he started manufacturing speed equipment for BMC. He modified a Mini that went so well, people started clamoring at his door for more; and then he put his modifications to the test by himself racing a Mini through 1964 and 1965 with, he says "a lot of success, a lot of drama and a lot of fun", and then raced an Anglia for some time.

Basil's development talent and especially the overseas course he did in engine design and development really started paying dividends when he went to work on Ford products by developing special manifolds and camshafts. These gave almost 100 per cent more horse power, and at no great cost to the enthusiast.

By now the word was out that Basil was the boy for performance, especially as there wasn't really a similar performance firm operating on a professional basis when Basil started. Harpers of Pretoria. then jumped in and bought large quantities of his manifolds and this was the point where Basil Green Motors switched over to mass-production, although still retaining the craftsmanship and quality of the original work. By 1965 Basil sold over 1 000 conversion kits for Anglia's and Cortina's, and had even sold 1 000 VW kits.

In 1965 he manufactured his first twin OHC unit, finding sponsorship from Basil van Rooyen and Ronnie Rosen. Rosen was later to join Basil Green as a partner, a position he still holds today, looking after the administrative side of things.

It wasn't really surprising when in the same year Atkinson-Oates commissioned Basil Green to design and develop a power kit for. the Valiant range. This was a make he'd never tried to tweak before, but, as with all the cars he's worked on and boosted before, the Basil Green developed Valiant's and Barracudas were an unqualified success and were soon showing similar class cars what performance was about.

Basil got sidetracked somewhat in 1966. He decided he wanted to win the South African National Drag Championship, and he did just that. He squeezed, slid and thumb-pinched a BG 2-litre twin OHC unit into a cut-down Fiat 600 saloon. This monster-powered midget made everything else look a bit silly, chalking up wins at practically every meeting.

By 1967, the then new shape Cortina had been launched (succeeding the model with the circular tail-lights segmented like an orange) and Basil immediately recognised the performance potential of this car. He built a prototype with a Ford V6 motor under the bonnet and this was so successful, he started manufacturing and selling the car. This was the BG Cortina Perana.

With the power to weight ratio of the Cortina Perana, Basil reasoned it should do even better on the race-tracks of the country, and so, in typical Basil Green fashion, he decided - in 1968 to build a racing version of the Perana that would blow off everything in sight. Basil and his workers waved the magic wand and very soon the Team Gunston Capri Perana and driver Bob Olthoff were making motor racing history. Bobby came third in the National Saloon car Championship of that year (1969), notching up half a dozen wins, and this after starting only halfway through the season.

Basil Green's association with Gunston, and team manager Joe Putter, started in 1969, and this fruitful marriage continued in 1970 with Olthoff driving the V8 Perana version of Ford's Capri. In 1971 the Basil Green/Gunston alliance enters its third year with Olthoff at the wheel of the Team Gunston Capri Perana V8 prepared for Argus Production Car Racing in the Transvaal.

The Cortina Perana was so successful, both for Basil Green and the Ford Motor Company, that late in 1969 Ford approached Basil and asked him to build a prototype Capri Perana for them to assess its potential. Basil duly produced this remarkable car. The power-plant was the Ford Mustang 302 cu in V8, with Ford "Muscle" parts in the appropriate places, and a maximum power output of 281 bhp. With the power to weight ratio and the low frontal area, the car really moved and was capable of a genuine 142 mph and a 0 - 60 mph figure of 6.1 seconds. It excelled on the track.


MOTORING MIRROR - MAY 1971