At their Abu Dhabi sale at the end of this month RM Sotheby’s will be offering the incredibly rare Jaguar C-X75. Simply put, the C-X75 is the best Jag that was never built. Envisioned at first with gas turbines and then with a hybrid-electric configuration, the C-X75 was Jaguar’s potential rival to the hypercars of the 2010s. It had been greenlit for a production run of 250 models, but unfortunately the program was cancelled. Only five were built, and one of them is up for grabs.
Most, however, won’t recognize this car as Jaguar’s could-have-been rival to the LaFerrari or Mclaren P1, but rather as the exotic supercar driven by Mr Hink (played by Dave Bautista) in the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre. The C-X75 that will soon be going across the block was one of the four stunt cars used in filming, but this one received the least harsh treatment. Changing the C-X75 from a prototype car to a stunt car required multiple mechanical changes that were implemented by Williams Advanced Engineering. A tubular spaceframe made of extra thick steel tubing was made so it could handle stunts better, along with extra-travel suspension. An F-Type V8 engine was also installed in place of the hybrid setup. And even best, the all-wheel drive setup was ditched in favor of rear-wheel drive and a hydraulic handbrake was installed for more easily executed drifting. Awesome.
This stunning example of the C-X75 that will be going across the block (chassis no. 24001) is finished in a fiery orange with carbon fiber details. The design of the car is spectacularly sleek, with a long cabin that pushes the wheels right up to the ends of the car. Somehow this car was debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which makes no sense as this design could debut today and still seem exotic.
So if you’re looking for a car that’s as equally historic for the James Bond as well as Jaguar, there’s no better buy than this C-X75. I mean come on, who doesn’t want a James Bond villain’s supercar?