Ford Saxon prototype

Prototype of the Ford Saxon, 2-door convertible with removable hardtop
ER Classics Desktop 2022

When Ford was planning to market a new family car in the late 1962s, the time came for real prototypes. To convince the big bosses of impending success. The Cortina was approaching. It is 1962 when the Saxon is ready to be presented in Ford Dagenham's design department. A two-door convertible with a removable roof. After the British management had given its approval, the thing was quickly loaded and transferred by ship to the United States. There too, the management was convinced that this would be a blockbuster success. Since then it has never been heard from again. The prototype - along with so many others - probably entered the shredder after some time. Well thirty years later, Ford enthusiast Colin Ginn gets the jitters. In front of him he has a kind of brochure consisting of three pages about the Saxon. Using modern computer techniques, he knows how to convert that folder into a complete working drawing. He goes looking for a still intact 1964 Ford Cortina MkI, buys the thing and gets to work. The cart is completely disassembled and then sawn into three pieces and then reassembled into the 19-inch shorter reincarnation of the Ford Saxon. An artist and a go-getter, because it takes him almost 12 months to complete 'his' car. Since then he has been visiting one classic fair after another and has won prize after prize ...


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