What was supposed to be Jaguar’s hybrid supercar flagship – somewhat of a modern counterpart for what the XJ220 was for the brand during the 1990s – clearly wasn’t meant to happen. The C-X75, as it was known, looked ready to enter production, but its maker ultimately decided against it as it decided to shift its focus towards purely electric cars like the I-Pace SUV, rather than a niche supercar like the C-X75.
However, before the plug was pulled on the project, five production-spec models and just over a handful of running prototypes and stunt cars were built for use in the James Bond film Spectre as the car driven by the villain Mr Hinx, and with one of them ready to head across the auction block, fans of the stunning prototype supercar will have potentially their only chance to ever buy one.
Of the six cars built for the film, this is one of the four stunt cars produced by Williams – a plaque on the centre console designates it as the first of the four – which all featured tubular space frame chassis with the gorgeous body panels from the C-X75 concept draped over it in a striking metallic orange finish.
Being a stunt car, the interior is pretty stripped out but at least looks like that of a complete race car interior, with an Alcantara Momo steering wheel, one-piece Recaro bucket seats, Schroth five-point harnesses, and a custom panel of toggle switches to control the car’s various functions, including a hydraulic handbrake.
Due to this car being used for filming in-cabin close-up shots, it’s noted as being the stunt car left in the best condition, although all four are noted as having survived. One thing that gives this away as the car used for this purpose, however, are two holes in the front bumper used for mounting a special camera rig to to capture the required shots.
Although the C-X75 was intended to feature a hybridised twincharged four-cylinder engine, this stunt car features a mid-mounted, dry-sump version of the brilliant JLR 5.0-litre supercharged V8 which is paired to a Ricardo six-speed sequential gearbox and hidden away behind some carbon fibre covers. Although it’s unclear how much power it’s making, although we’d estimate it’s enough to make it feel pretty darn quick.
Although this car was up for sale earlier in the year at Kaaimans International in England, it’s now headed to an RM Sotheby’s auction in Abu Dhabi on November 30. No estimated value or reserve is noted on the listing.
Other noteworthy cars at next month’s auction include a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 and an XJ220 C racer, 2012 Lexus LFA in Pearl Yellow (the best colour for it), 1990 Ferrari F40, 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series, 2017 Pagani Zonda Aether, 2006 Lamborghini Concept S, and 1993 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer.