Jaguar from its very beginning has always been looking around the next curve in automotive design, function and engineering. From that rich history comes a wealth of concept cars which explored new and exciting developments at Jaguar. Some cars graced turn tables at international auto shows, while others were merely exercises in reaching a final conclusion that became the Jaguar's of tomorrow. Here is a brief history of some of those cars made by Jaguar and some of its partners. It makes you wonder, what if...
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JAGUAR CONCEPT CARS

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1952 Jaguar Ghia XK120 Supersonic: The 'Supersonic' style by the renowned Italian coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Ghia, is influenced by the 'jet age' in the early 50's. Ghia would use the Supersonic theme on an Alfa Romeo 1900, Aston Martin and Fiat 8V chassis, as well as three Jaguar XK120's. Two of the Jaguar's were orderedby the Jaguar importer in Paris, and this car (Chassis #679768) was sold to a businessman in Lyon. The cylinder head in this car was modifiedto accommodate three twin-choke Weber carburettors instead of the standard twin SUs. The3.4L DOHC six-cyliner engine is reputed to produce 220bhp. The car was disp[layed at both the London and Paris motorshows in 1954. The two French cars are accounted for, with the whereabouts of the third unknown. This is not only an important piece of Jaguar history, but also a milestone in the development of Italian coachbuilding.
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1952 XK120 (Stabilimenti Farina): Known as the Flying Jaguar Coupe, it was built along with two Mk VII based cars by Stabilimenti Farina in 1952 for the Belgian importer/distrubtor for Jaguar. It employed the XK120 Jaguar chassis and powertrain (3.4L DOHC six-cylinder engine), with a Farina coachbuilt body. It was one of the last projects for Farina before its doors clsoed in 1953. Interestingly, the car had never been to the UK until it was shown at Goodwood in 2018.
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1955 XK140 MC (Ghia): Using an XK140 chassis and 210 hp MC engine with C-Type head, Ghia built a very stunning aluminum bodied coupe. It looks very Italian and has strong Maserati and Ferrari design elements along with the obligitory mid-50's fins. Like most concepts, it was a limited production car, with three known examples built. This car is believed to be the last of the three and was originally owned by Originally owned by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban. I am pretty sure it did not have Corinthian leather!
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1957 XK150 S (Bertone): One of three concept XK150's built by Bertone and designed by Franco Scaglione. The body style has been said to be reminicent of the Maserati 3500 GT which was to debut in 1958.
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1958 Jaguar XK150 Ghia-Aigle :: Carrosserie Ghia-Aigle was a Swiss based auto design subsidiary of Carrozzeria Ghia in Italy and many of Ghia's designers worked for Ghia-Aigle. Pietro Frua designed this car for its original Swiss owner, with Jaguar supplying a chassis and drivetrain through its Swiss distributor Emil Frey. Frua chose a 3.4S engine and LHD chassis, which was the top of the XK range in 1958, the 3.9L six-cylinder not becoming available until 1959. The 'S' specification engine produced 250bhp and was couple with a 4-speed plus overdrive transmission. The car has classic Frua styling and hints of Maserati and Lamborghini models to follow are seen in this cars front fenders and roof line. Two, possibly three of the two-door coupes were produced, with the known second car being RHD and sent to its first owner in Paris.
Model by KESS 1/43
Photos taken at Chateau Les Vautours
1963 Jaguar D-Type Michelotti Le Mans: Giovani Michelotti was a star of auto design. Having designed cars for Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, his work with British manufacturers is best known, particularly with Triumph (Spitfire, Stag and TR6). Perhaps my favorite of his workthough is what he did for BMW when he styled the 2002. Michelotti was always a big fan of Jaguar and he took the opportunity to buy the chassis of a 1955 D-Type that was wrecked at Le Mans in 1958 and designed this beautiful coupe. The Jaguar D-Type Michelotti Le Mans debuted at the Geneva auto show in 1963, with a current Jaguar E-Type six-cylinder DOHC engine of 4.2L . Originally painted light metallic blue, then red and currently in its light blue again, this truly gives a glimpse of what a modern Jaguar production sedan of the early 60's could have looked like.
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1966 XJ13: While it is commonly thought the XJ13 was designed as a V12 powered mid-engine car to race at Le Mans and there is truth to that; in John Dugdale's book Jaguar in America, he offers another view. Jaguar at the time had limited resources for product development, something that drove the merger with BMC. Knowing they wanted to put the V12 in a production sedan, this car was developed as a test bed for the V12 engine. It is unlikely Jaguar had the funds to go racing even if the regualtions didnt change making this car obsolete for prototype racing. However, it did help Jaguar's sporting image at a time that image was flagging and gave the ability to test the V12 at a time when the new XJ6 and later XJ12 were very much on the new product horizon.
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1962 Mk2 County Estate: An idea and project started by Mike Hawthorn and Duncan Hamilton based on the original 3.4 saloon and styled by Roy Nockolds, Hamilton pushed for Sir William Lyons to make the car after Hawthorne's death in 1959. It was not till 1962 that Jaguar built an estate car based now on a Mk2 3.8 and bodied by Jones Brothers. When new, the car was used as a race support vehicle by Jaguar in Europe and later as a factory hack. Later sold, it was restored and converted to wire wheels in the 1970's.
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1962 Mk2 County Estate: This is how the County was first built and used for race support in the early 60's. Jaguar did not have the capacity to build an estate wagon and was primarily focussed on the development of the XJ6 project, so it was never progressed beyond this concept and prototype. It would not be until 40 years later that Jaguar would finally introduce an estate wagon with the X-Type. This and other Jaguar estate car conversions built by coachbuilders which came later lead you to ponder what could have been...
Model by MATRIX 1/43
Mk2 County Estate
1967 420 Radford Convertible: Harold Radford was a English coachbuilding company, which started in the late 1940's making coachbuilt bodies for Bentleys. Radford's became famous for the Mini coachwork and perhaps their most beautiful design, the Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake. The company was bought and sold several times over the years and by 1967, had become a conversion specialist for exisiting production vehicles. In 1967 a Scottish businessman had Radford design a two-door convertible around the new Jaguar 420 four-door saloon. Finished in Opalescent Silver Gray with dark blue interior, only one car was ever built. The car looks splendid with the top up, very much a nice coupe styling thats lost with the top down.
Model by MATRIX 1/43

1967 Bertone Pirana: John Antsey, publisher of the Daily Telegraph commisioned the creation of this car by Bertone for the 1967 London Motor Show at Earl's Court. Based on the 4.2L E-Type Coupe, the Pirana was a fully functional concept car and was part of the papers piublicity stunt around an 'ideal car' concept. The Pirana's exterior, especially the side profile and chopped Kamm-style tail, had an obvious influence on the 4-passenger Lamborghini Espada coupe which was introduced a year later. The primary Bertone designeron the Pirana was Marcello Gandini, perhaps best known for styling the Lamborghini Countach.
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1978 Pininfarina XJ Spider: Created for the 1978 British Motor Show, the XJ Spider was a concept designed to show what a Jaguar two-seat sports car should look like as a righful successor to the E-Type. Based on an XJS platform and using the 5.3L V-12 engine, the car was given serious consideration and at one time was referred to as the F-Type. Unfortunately Jaguar was too slow to develop this concept and it never saw production.
Model by ALEZAN 1/43

1981 XJ6 SIII Ladbroke-Avon: Ladbroke-Avon built the XJ Shooting Brakes in the early 1980's, based on the Series III XJ6. They had planned to build 250 cars, each to the customer's individual specifications. The conversion made the original SIII bodywork seem a bit ackward, but it offered a 6'7" cargo deck (58 cu ft of cargo space) with the rear seats folded; retaining the S11 XJ6's overall length. There were no mechanical modifications to the car, but a rear suspension modification approved by Jaguar was available. Interestingly, the rear hatch came from the Renault 5. Alas, not one of the best looking saloon to shooting brake conversions, only twenty cars were converted and Jaguar itself would not build an estate for twenty more years.
Model by MATRIX 1/43
1983 XJ-S HE Lynx Eventer: Jaguar specialist Lynx got into specialized body building in 1982 when they began producing convertible versions of the XJS. This lasted until 1988 when Jaguar introduced the production convertible version of the car. Alongside the convertible, Lynx created this lovely shooting brake in 1983, to offer customers a V12 powered wagon. Looking like it was a Jaguar production car, Lynx finished each conversion to a very high standard of finish. Approximately 67 Eventers were converted by Lynx.
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1984 XJ-S HE Arden AJ3 Staion Car : The German firm Arden built five AJ3 Station Car's on 1984 XJ-S platforms. Visually very similar to the Lynx Eventer, the Arden cars were perhaps slightlt better appointed and had a better overall aerodynamic shape. Why more than five were not built is unknown, but Arden made a very attractive package from the XJ-S and what Jaguar could have done had they the resources and capacity to make a shooting brake from a great touring car.
Model by ALEZAN 1/43
1989 XJ40 Shooting Brake: Believed to be one of only three shooting brakes built by Humberstone on a XJ40 platform for Jaguar dealer Hatfield's of Sheffield. Of the three cars, Hatfields, one of Jaguar's oldest dealers, sold two and Mr. Humberstone kept one for himself. Of the conversion of saloons to shooting brakes, this is perhaps one of the best conversions, making it look as if it could have come from the factory in this configuration. A stylish looking wagon for the time, it would have been a great grocery getter with both looks and performance.
Model by NEO 1/43

1998 XK180: The XK180 made its debut at the 1998 Paris Motor Show, with a second car debuting at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Detroit car was in the same green as the Paris car, but it was LHD and had a brown interior. For awhile, the car was seriously considered for production, but lack of commitment from Ford killed that project. Parts of the XK180 did make it into production on the Jaguar XKR.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2003 R-D6: From the Jaguar press release: "The R-D6 concept signals a dynamic future for the Jaguar marque, true to its core values of providing sporting dynamic luxury." "Using aluminium and composite materials for the chassis and body, R-D6 weighs just 1500kg." "With horsepower in excess of 230bhp, the V6 diesel engine endows R-D6 with the pace to satisfy its looks and R-Performance rating. Acceleration from standstill to the benchmark 60mph takes less than six seconds. Top speed is an electronically limited 155mph. Notice some of the style features that carried over to the XF. Wow!
Model by NOREV 1/43
2010 C-X75: The C-X75 was named in honour of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, the C stands for concept and the X for experimental. It is a plug-in hybrid, two-seat, concept car from Jaguar which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The C-X75 produces 778 horsepower through four electric motors, each of which drives one of the four wheels and can reach a top speed of . The batteries driving these motors are recharged using two diesel-fed micro gas turbines. Jaguar plans a limited production run of these cars beginning in 2013.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2011 B99: Bertone produced this beautiful 4-door compact executive saloon concept, first shown at the 201 Geneva Motor Show. The B99 was powered by two electric motors driving the rear wheels and producing 201 bhp; with a 1.4L gas engine for range extention. Combined, the motors produced 570 bhp. The B99 name stands for B for Bertone and 99 for Bertone's 99th year in operation. Jaguar declined the opportunity to explore production options with Bertone on the B99, a potential successor to the X-Type.
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