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Jaguar XJ Spider Pininfarina

The Jaguar XJ Spider Pininfarina concept car.

Vehicle Overview

The Jaguar XJ Spider, unveiled by Pininfarina at the 1978 British Motor Show, represented a significant attempt to capture the spirit of the legendary Jaguar E-type, which had ceased production over a decade earlier. Designed by Emanuele Nicosia, the XJ Spider was envisioned as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-type, aiming to address criticisms that the existing XJ-S model did not fully inherit the E-type’s legacy. The prototype showcased a blend of classic Jaguar styling cues with contemporary mechanical elements. It retained the XJ-S’s 5.3-liter V12 engine, producing 284 horsepower, coupled with an automatic gearbox for smooth power delivery. Despite sharing the same platform as the XJ-S, the XJ Spider was distinguished by its shorter, wider, and lower dimensions, which contributed to a more dynamic and sporty appearance. Pininfarina’s design aimed to evoke the elegant lines and timeless appeal of the E-type while incorporating modern engineering advancements. The result was a prototype that garnered significant attention and anticipation, prompting Jaguar to seriously consider the concept of an ‘F-type’ successor. However, despite its promising reception, the Jaguar XJ Spider remained a prototype and never entered production. The automotive landscape of the time, along with strategic decisions by Jaguar, meant that the XJ Spider remained a tantalizing glimpse into what could have been—a modern reinterpretation of Jaguar’s illustrious sports car heritage that unfortunately did not materialize beyond the prototype stage. Nevertheless, the XJ Spider’s influence and legacy endure as a testament to the ongoing allure and nostalgia for the classic Jaguar E-type and its enduring impact on automotive design.

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    1978
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    XJ Spider
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