Desirable supercars pop up at auctions all the time, but this one is a bit more special than most, as it’s an ultra-rare Jaguar C-X75 from 007’s latest movie.
Originally unveiled as a concept in 2010, the C-X75 was an instant hit and Jaguar announced plans to build a production version in May of 2011. Development of the car was progressing nicely, but the model ultimately fell victim to the Great Recession. As a result, only five prototypes were made.
While it’s sad that the world never got to enjoy the XJ220 successor, the C-X75 did make at least one appearance as it was prominently featured in the 2015 Spectre film starring the world’s most famous secret agent. One of those stunts car is now being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on November 30th.
This C-X75, chassis number 001, is powered by a V8 engine that produces 492 HP (367 kW / 499 PS). The model is also equipped with a limited-slip differential, AP Racing brakes and a “huge hydraulic handbrake.”
While it differs significantly from the proposed production version, the model was featured in a chase scene where Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) tries to catch up and kill James Bond (Daniel Craig) who is driving an Aston Martin DB10. The latter model is also worth mentioning, as it was created exclusively for Spectre and one of the 10 vehicles that were built sold for $3,139,969 (£2,434,500 / €2,817,715) in 2016.
Despite being rarer, the C-X75 is expected to fetch significantly less. According to RM Sotheby’s, the car has an auction estimate of between $800,000 – $1,200,000 (£620,320 – £930,480 / €717,928 – €1,076,916).
According to the auction house’s car specialist Will Smith, “Bond has long been synonymous with some of the world’s most incredible cars” and he is “often pursued by an equally impressive vehicle belonging to the film’s villain, and that’s exactly what we have in the Jaguar C-X75.” Smith went on to say “Not only did it make for one of the most intense and technologically advanced chase scenes in a Bond film to date, but it is a production Jaguar that never was, and built in partnership with Williams F1 no less.”