The Hidden World of Never-seen Prototypes, One Offs and Cancelled Cars

Everyone loves a secret and this two-volume pair of books is full of them.


Secret Fords is author Steve Saxty’s follow-up to The Cars You Always Promised Yourself, his five-star reviewed RAC Book Of The Year finalist. Instead of focussing exclusively on coupes, it will tell the bigger story of the Fiesta, Escort, Cortina, Granada, and, for the first time, Focus. Each volume will feature large, unseen images of the earliest design sketches, clays, prototypes of classic Fords – especially the RS and high-performance cars that never made production. These untold stories will be beautifully written, expertly edited and gorgeously designed by the same team as Saxty’s first book.


The author will again dive into Ford’s high-security library of never-seen images and, for the first time ever, the almost-mythical Ghia archive. He will interview over 100 current and former employees to divulge the untold tales behind hundreds of unseen Ford unicorns. This two-volume book will be picture-rich and affordable — unique in concept and beautiful in execution. These are the stories of the Fords you never promised yourself.

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Secret Fords two-volume set:


Volume 1 – 1970-1989

Volume 2 – 1990-2003


Collector’s Editions

  • Unique cover slipcase

  • Signed and numbered

  • Supplemental booklet containing hundreds of unseen images 

  • Limited number of ‘Willy Wonka‘ tickets to a special event with Steve and Ford legends.

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Book 1 highlights – 1970-1989

  • AVO’s secret cars the story of the GT70

  • Escort MkII coupe, alternative designs of RS2000 prototypes

  • Fiesta MKI RS five-door, unseen facelift

  • Cortina & Granada coupe alternatives, rejected designs

  • Ford logo and wheel designs

  • Ghia's never-seen unique cars

  • Escort MkIII/Capri coupe prototypes, design sketches, XR3 sign-off

  • Sierra design sketches, prototypes, Capri coupe, Mercedes challenging convertible, Sapphire Cosworth design.

  • RS1700T and RS200 – engineer John Wheeler tells the insider’s story

  • GN34 – The ultimate secret Ford intended to take on Ferrari and Porsche

Book 2 highlights – 1990-2003

  • Fiesta Mark III what could have been

  • Escort Mark IV/V/VI the early designs, Brazil’s Escort coupe, cancelled versions

  • Escort Cosworth Prototype mules and prototypes; full design story by Steve HarperEscort Cosworth derivatives

    • RWD concepts

    • Convertible, speedster, coupe,

    • Roadster, DB7 concept

  • Mondeo design alternatives, ST250, Mondeo coupe

  • Focus design story by Boris Jacob

  • Focus RS by its lead engineer and designer David Hilton 

  • Focus 320BHP Cosworth AWD by Prodrive, Focus V6, ST210

  • Fiesta RS – driving the last RS that never made it

Release: Late-2020

Price: Under £39.95 per book