A 2015 Jaguar C-X75 used in the James Bond 007 film Spectre is on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi collector car auction.
The never-produced, Jaguar concept car C-X75 that was used in a chase scene in the James Bond movie Spectre is the latest 007-connection car on offer at an RM Sotheby’s auction. This car was built in partnership with William Advanced Engineering and although a limited run was planned, only five concept cars were ever built. This Jaguar C-X75 famously chased through the streets of Rome in pursuit of Bond’s Aston Martin DB10. The pre-sale estimate is $800,000 – $1,200,000.
2015 Jaguar C-X75
RM Sotheby’s will offer a 2015 Jaguar C-X75, chassis no. 001, estimate is $800,000 – $1,200,000, at the Abu Dhabi collector car auction on 30 November 2019. The car is one of just a handful of Jaguar C-X75 examples used as stunt cars in the James Bond movie Spectre.
The Jaguar C-X75 was intended to be a hybrid-electric, two-seat concept car produced by Jaguar in partnership with Formula 1 team Williams F1’s Advanced Engineering division. The C-X75 was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and in 2011 it was announced that a limited production run of approximately 250 examples of the 780hp car was planned. In 2012, the production was canceled, and a mere five developmental prototypes were built to the intended production specifications. A further group of stunt cars were built for and used in the filming of the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.
The Jaguar C-X75 on offer was built specifically for the film and constructed around a spaceframe built to World Rally Championship specifications and powered by a specially modified dry-sump V-8 engine producing 492 hp. The car also remains fitted with button-adjustable AP Racing brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential, Recaro seats, and a huge hydraulic handbrake.
Jaguar C-X75 in Spectre
Every Bond film operates with the same reliable formula of 007 driving a fantastic car, pitted against a fabulous villain, piloting an equally fantastic car. The latest James Bond film, Spectre, featured Daniel Craig’s 007 at the wheel of an Aston Martin DB10, while Mr. Hinx, the assassin for the Spectre organization—the subject of the film—played by Dave Bautista, pursued him in a stunning 2015 Jaguar C-X75.
Spectre was praised for its authentic action sequences, and the C-X75 stars in a now iconic scene in which the car is engaged in a chase with 007’s DB10 on the streets of Rome and is driven along the river banks and down several sets of steep steps with the Tiber river waiting at the bottom.
Prior to Spectre’s release, the car was shipped to Mexico and driven by Williams-Martini Racing driver and ex-Scuderia Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa, in a bout of laps before the 2015 Formula 1 Gran Premio de México (watch here). The Jaguar will be presented in Abu Dhabi following a full inspection at Williams Advanced Engineering and as a piece of modern film history.
007 Cars at Public Auction
This Jaguar is the latest car with 007 connection offered at auction. The most notable was the James Bond 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that RM Sotheby’s sold at Monterey 2019 for a record $6,385,000.
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 on offer at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in 2018 sold for a strong $2,580,886 – this car was driven by Pierce Brosnan playing James Bond in the 007 film Golden Eye.
Will Smith, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s comments, “Bond has long been synonymous with some of the world’s most incredible cars, from an enviable roster of iconic Aston Martin DB models through to the Lotus Esprit and BMW Z8. 007’s car of the moment 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. 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. ”
RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi Collector Car Auction 2019
RM Sotheby’s held its first auction ever in the Gulf Region as part of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend on 30 November 2019. The sale included Grand Prix racing machines, road-going sports cars with a historical connection to the world of motorsport, alongside a broader collection of classic and supercars.
RM Sotheby’s earned $31.3 million at the Abu Dhabi 2019 sale. Only around half of the 40 cars on offer sold during the auction.