1978 Jaguar XJ Spider Concept

The 1978 Jaguar XJ Spider was bodied by the famous coachbuilder Pinin Farina and produced for the London Motor Show. It had taken only five months to complete. Some styling was borrowed from the E-type such as the oval-shaped front air intake and its aggressive stance with the wheel-wells bulging over the wheels. It had a convertible top and pop-up headlights. The front and rear were constructed of impact-absorbing polyurethane. The rear is rather long but this could mean there was plenty of luggage space making this vehicle the perfect grand touring automobile. Under the hood was a powerful Jaguar twelve-cylinder engine in 'vee' configuration. Future concept and production cars drew their inspiration from the XJ Spider, such as the F-Type prototype and the XK8. The XJ-Spider showed how the XJ-S may have been a worthy successor to the famous E-Type.

Due to financial reasons the XJ Spider never went into production.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2005

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The Jaguar factory was founded long before the Jaguar brand became first used in 1945. The foundation of the firm was first set in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley in Blackpool, England. The name was originally Swallow Coachbuilding, Co, and got its start by constructing motorcycles and sidecars. Eventually, they moved on to building bodies based on the Austin Seven chassis. The name of....
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