Following RM Sotheby’s sale of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 this summer, it’s presenting another Bond car at its first auction in the Middle East in partnership with Formula 1 on 30 November at the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi GP.
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.
RM Sotheby’s will offer chassis no. 001 in Abu Dhabi, one of just a handful of Jaguar C-X75 examples used as stunt cars in 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 cancelled, 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 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.
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). Most recently, the C-X75 has been shown at handful of events in the United Kingdom, including at Salon Privé and the Silverstone Classic. The Jaguar will be presented in Abu Dhabi following a full inspection at Williams Advanced Engineering and as a piece of modern film history and an estimate of between $800,000 – $1,200,000.
Will Smith, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s commented, “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. The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 is an excellent venue for the presentation of such a machine, which complements F1’s just-wrapped Bond in Motion exhibition featuring Spectre’s DB10.”
© Imagess Amy Shore 2019 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s