Jaguar C-X75 used as James Bond stunt car listed for sale in UK
Throughout automotive history, there are many worthy concept cars that should’ve been made - but personally, I view Jaguar’s C-X75 as more deserving of production than anything else. With a 1.6L compound-charged 4-cylinder, augmented by hybrid motors, the C-X75 was a 900bhp hypercar that had the potential to battle the holy trinity.
Given the C-X75’s absence from any production line, the last thing you would expect to find is one advertised for sale. But life is full of surprises, and right now from Kaaimans International exotic car specialists in Nottinghamshire, you can buy a Jaguar C-X75! But before you begin selling all of your worldly possessions in an effort to afford it, there is one tiny little thing you ought to know...
While Jaguar did indeed make 5 C-X75 hybrids, this example you see here isn’t one of them. For this is one of 7 cars made especially for the James Bond movie Spectre. And in order to fulfil its duties, under the skin, it’s a rather different machine to the C-X75 people pine after.
For a start, instead of a compound-charged 4-cylinder, Jaguar have used one of their ubiquitous 5L supercharged V8s. Power is sent through a 6-speed Ricardo GT3 sequential racing transmission. Ratios are short, and can be selected via the use of prominent paddles behind the steering wheel. But while those paddles may stand out like Wayne Rooney’s ears, they aren’t nearly as noticeable as the hydraulic handbrake that rises up from the centre of the car, inviting the curious into its trap.
It’s the handbrake that gives away the car’s main purpose. Out of the 7 cars Jaguar produced for Spectre, 2 of them were aesthetically pampered for detailed close ups, and 5 were thrashed as stunt machines. In the movie, the car is driven by the villain Mr Hinx, played by Dave Bautista, and was used to chase down Daniel Craig’s Bond in an Aston Martin DB10.
Originally painted orange, this particular example has been resprayed blue - presumably covering up any stone chips it accrued while being drifted exuberantly around Parisian back streets. Only 500 miles are on the clock - many of them probably done sideways. If you want it, the price is only available on application. The phrase “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” springs instantly to mind.
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