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

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
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.
Model by MATRIX 1/43
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!
Model by MATRIX 1/43
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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1957 Jaguar XK150 SE Coupe (Zagato) :: A rolling XK150 chassis and 3.4L DOHC six-cylinder XK engine were delivered to Emil Frey (Swiss Jaguar distributor) in 1957. Frey then commissioned Zagato to build and design an alloy body, with the finished car shown at the Geneva Auto Show in 1958. The car was outwardly similar to a Jaguar XK140 that Zagato had designed and built in 1955. A second XK150 Zagato was subsequently built, with both cars making auto show rounds at least until 1960 in Paris. It is widely assumed that there were plans to build more of these Zagato body cars, as a brochure was made to promote them. The Paris car is unaccounted for and its fate unknown.. This car was sold in 1964 for the princely sum of $2500 to its new owner, Frank Freeman of San Diego, California. Freeman drove the car extensively and never sold it. Today, it is owned by his son who is currently having an extensive restoration done to the car.
Model by RIALTO 1/43
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. Photo taken at Chateau Les Vautours
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1962 XK150 S Hardin Fastback: This car originally started life in 1960 as one of the 200 XK150 S FHC's produced. It was purchased by a man named Eric Richardson who drove the car great distances most weekends from his work as a senior partner in a large London solicitor firm to his family home a few hundred miles away. Covering long distances regularly he wanted to get to and from as quickly as possible. He constantly petitioned Jaguar for help in making the car go faster. Jaguar originally told him the car was fast enough, but they finally relented to do so by providing him a higher rear axle final drive ratio and D-Type speedometer to indicate the higher speeds he drove than the 135 mph the car would do in standard trim. By 1962, his young son growing taller, he sought out L&R Hartin Panels to make a fastback with more headroom. Aside from the new rear panels influenced by Aston Martin, the front panels were also modified to make this lovely fastback coupe. It was driven for many years by its first owner, having the first engine worn out and replaced in 1964. Passed through subsequent owners, it was restored in 1990 and has been enthusiastically used in historic rallies and other events to this day.
Model by JAGUAR MODEL CLUB & MATRIX 1/43
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.
Model by MATRIX 1/43

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.
Model by PROVENCE MOULAGE 1/43
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 Anstey, publisher of the Daily Telegraph commissioned the creation of this car by Bertone for the 1967 London Motor Show at Earl's Court. With the collaboration of Jaguar, it was based on the 4.2L E-Type Coupe as a fully functional concept car and was built in six-months. Part of the papers efforts to increase circulation, it featured the car on the front page billed as the "Star of the Show", which it was. 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 designer on the Pirana was Marcello Gandini, perhaps best known for styling the Lamborghini Countach and Miura. He was styling the Alfa Romeo Montreal at the time and styling cues from that car can also be seen in the Pirana. It was transformed into a 2+2 after appearances at the New York and Montreal Auto Shows and painted BRG sometime in the early 1980's. It is now in its original silver and resides in S. California.
Model by MATRIX 1/43
1973 Pininfarina XJ12: Pininfarina presented their styling version of the XJ12 at the 1973 London Motor Show. It was offered as a styling proposal at the time Jaguar was making production plans for the XJ40. While Jaguar ultimately favored a in-house design, one cant help but wonder if that design was not influenced, at least in part, by this car. After its introduction, Pininfarina continued to tour the car at other auto shows with considerable acclaim. Based on a Series II XJ platform, the car was powered by the flagship 5.3L V12 engine introduced in 1972. At a time when Jaguar was about to introduce a refresh of the original XJ from 1968, this design was considered too far a departure from traditional Jaguar styling. Jaguar would however realize that the styling they were pursuing at the time wasnt advanced far enough and would make a slight departure with "traditional" styling when the XJ40 was finally introduced in the late 80's. This car also has styling cues Pininfarina employed on the Ferrari 400 and closely resembles that car from the side view.
Model by MATRIX1/43

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.
Model by PREMIUMX 1/43
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.
Model by MINI MINERVA 1/43



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