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.
Model by MATRIX 1/43
1962 Mk2 County: Based on an idea and project started by Mike Hawthorn, Jaguar had one Mk2 estate car built and it was bodied by jones Brothers. Called the Mk2 County, it was 40 years ahead of its time with Jaguar finally producing an estate based on the X-Type in 2004. When new, the car was used as a race support vehicle by Jaguar.
Model by PROVENCE MOULAGE 1/43
1967 Jaguar Bertone Pirana: John Antsey, publisher of the Daily Telegraph commisioned the creation of this car by Bertone for the1967 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.
Model by POLITOYS 1/43

1978 Jaguar 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 XJ-S HE Lynx Eventer : One of the several specialist coach builders to build a Jaguar estate car, the British company Lynx produced a total of 67 very attractive estate variants of the XJS, called the Eventer. These cars perhaps have the best lines of any XJS variant and when powered by the V12 HE engine producing 300 hp, and a top speed of 150 mph. The world's fastest station wagon?
Model by ALIZAN (built kit) 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.
Model by MINI MINERVA 1/43

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