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  • The Cars You Always Promised Yourself

    By Steve Saxty

    How Ford designed, engineered and marketed the fastest Fords. The largest and most lavishly illustrated book focusing on the Capri ever published.

    "After more than 30 years in the car industry, and as one who started out at Ford, I felt that enthusiasts deserved to be taken inside the design studios and engineering centres to see and hear first-hand what happened as the iconic RS cars, XRs and, especially the Capri were born."

    The Cars You Always Promised Yourself – is a unique book about Ford's special vehicles and glamorous coupes that covers 50 years of Ford’s design, engineering and marketing through the lens of its coupes, most of the book focusses on the Capri. 

    Ford gave the author unique access to their secret design archives and he spoke to many of Ford’s legendary leaders from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Former Ford chairman Bob Lutz, famous design director Patrick le Quément and Rod Mansfield - the leader of Special Vehicle Engineering that developed the Injection (and earlier RS2600) - have all written forewords. Each of them helped shape Ford and the Capri.

    Over 300 pages in a large 10.35-inch by 10.35-inch, 155,000 words equal to two full-length novels supported by nearly 500 images. Over 85 per cent of the hundreds of photos have never been seen before; design sketches, prototypes and wind tunnel models. The book has received five-star reader reviews and its critical acclaim has led to it being nominated as a Book of The Year.

    • The very first GBX design sketches, never seen before
    • High resolution images of Capri II prototypes
    • Capri Ghia interior design sketches
    • Cancelled 1975 Capri RS2800
    • Capri Mark III alternative designs

    This is easily the largest, best-written and lavishly illustrated book on the Capri ever published. If there is one Capri book to buy, then this is it.

    Publishers' Price £44.95 plus P&P

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