James Bond villain car - Jaguar C-X75 heads to auction
RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction lot is quite simply a list of amazing cars. One of the most notable, however, is this orange Jaguar C-X75, which was used during a chase scene in the James Bond movie Spectre. The C-X75 was a car stopped short in its production, meaning only a handful actually made it out of the factory doors. But this particular model needed some major mods for filming.
The car was built to be significantly tougher than the regular production version, in order to cope with the stresses and strains of the stunts it would be involved in. Williams Advanced Engineering built these cars with an added steel tubular space frame and similar to those seen in the specifications from the World Rally Championship. The cars suspension format was completely revamped as rally-style extra travel suspension was required.
A dry sump V8 was mounted to a a six speed transaxle which transfers all the power to the rear wheels, rather than the all-wheel drive specification from the original 'to-be-built' C-X75. Gear changes were controlled solely via the left hand single sequence paddle shifter, which is unique, and another system also seen in WRC.
These stunt cars were given chassis numbers, this is first one bearing number 24001, one of the four that served as 'pod' cars, but more importantly this car has had the easiest journey, avoiding much of the severe driving.
The interior is still in its stunt car mode with no paneling or upholstery throughout the cockpit, but it comes with Recaro seats, a Momo Steering wheel with Jaguar badge on it and a race car dash with lots of racecar-like buttons. This C-X75 also comes with all the necessary documents including a SVO spec sheet and the Spectre production call sheet.
After the filming the cars were retuned to Williams Advanced Engineering and serviced, having all the damaged parts refitted to exceptional specification. After that this car went on to serve as promotion car for the 'Spectre' movie and even went to the Mexican Grand Prix in 2015 where Felipe Massa had a go at driving the car to its fullest capabilities around the track.
Jaguar sold this model to the consignor, who served as a consultant to the manufacturer and therefore got personal consideration. The car was driven very little since, was displayed at events, and before going to auction this car had another service at Williams.
This is a collectors car and a very rare one, to who ever gets it, I am jealous of you.