Jaguar Collecting in and around 1/43 Scale
1954 New York Auto Show
I think that you answered your own question with the picture above. The Mercedes Benz 300SL came out in 1954 with that unique side vent which provided additional air to the engine compartment. Bertone was impressed and used it on the 1957 Jaguar XK150 Coupe.
Should have been an Alfa or a Ferrari! Thank goodness, they went with the E-Type instead!
1978 Jaguar XJ Spyder Concept Pininfarina
With underpinnings from the XJ-S in place, the formidable trio of Leonardo Fioravanti, Sergio Pininfarina and Renzo Carli of Pininfarina in Italy went about designing the bodywork. They reverted to the oval-shaped front air-intake of the E-type, and dropped the sober lines of the XJ-S in favour of the more bulbous curves of the original – including the swooping arcs which peaked above the wheels. The three also gave the car a large trunk to maximise grand touring potential, but this led to a side profile similar to the same generation Corvette. This may have been intentional as Jaguar wanted to break into the American market.
Underneath the bodywork resided the 5343cc V12 of the donated mule, which produced 284bhp and was mated to a five-speed gearbox. Despite sharing the same chassis, the Pininfarina XJ Spider was shorter, wider and rode lower than the XJ-S, giving it sportier intentions. As its new name suggested, it was given a convertible roof (beating Jaguar’s targa-roofed XJ-S by some 5 years), as well as some pop-up headlights and interesting instrumentation inside. The car debuted at the British Motor Show in 1978. It isa one-off despite being the basis for several prototypes developed by Jaguar over the next few years.
Matrix 1/43 Scale MX51001-052 - 1978 Jaguar XJ Spyder Concept Pininfarina Closed
1963 Jaguar D Type Michelotti Le Mans
Despite the D-type looking a mess and missing its aluminium body, the chassis remained intact and Michelotti created a sleek, good-looking coupe which won a top award for design following its debut at the 1963 Geneva Salon. Painted in light blue, other than its familiar Dunlop wheels, it had no relation to the car it was based on, being more reminiscent of Michelotti’s previous work for Triumph.
@david-green I did a write-up on this one a few years ago here. As I recall (didn't save my text, dang it) the Michelotti body was later transferred to another Jaguar chassis, and XKD513 was re-restored back to traditional D-Type configuration.
I remember reading about that restoration in one of my Jaguar magazines. It is too bad that we lost so much that was on the old website.
I would have liked to have seen your post.
Century Dragon 1/43 Alloy diecast car model Jaguar XK140.
I recently came across a significant number of Jaguars made by Century Dragon out of Hong Kong. These are diecast rather than resin, but Century Dragon calls the material used for the build, alloy. Detail is excellent and I have several on order. Here is my first example. I have about a dozen XK-140s at this point and this one compares with my collection favourably. However, note on this one that the photo etched trim on the trunk is lifting at the top needing a little repair.
@david-green I have two Century Dragon Jaguars - both E-Types.
Beautiful, Harv. I should receive the blue open version shortly.
1956 Jaguar XK140 Ghia Coup
Have it, like it. A very elegant mid-1950's design.