Jaguar C-X75 used in James Bond heavily re-engineered to finally become road-legal

  • The Jaguar C-X75 was used by villain Mr Hinx in the James Bond movie Spectre
  • Following its appearance, an unnamed collector acquired it
  • They then commissioned Ian Callum’s design consultancy to convert it for road use

Published on Mar 04, 2024 at 3:31 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Mar 07, 2024 at 6:10 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

It might’ve taken 14 years, but the Jaguar C-X75 that featured in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre has finally been made road-legal.

The C-X75, revealed at the 2010 Paris motor show, was signed off for production in May 2011.

But, in December 2012, the project was scrapped by Jaguar’s then global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, who said it was “the wrong time” to launch an $1.27 million supercar, in light of global austerity.

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That wasn’t the end for the Jaguar C-X75, though, which went on to feature as the signature car of villain Mr Hinx in the 007 movie.

It was actually one of several stunt cars used, just like this one-of-three 1997 BMW 750iL that was kitted for James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies.

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Following its movie appearance, an unnamed collector acquired the Jaguar C-X75 and commissioned designer Ian Callum to convert it for road use.

Under the hood it packs a twincharged (turbocharged and supercharged) 1.6-liter engine with two electric motors for combined outputs of 888 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

But, for it to be approved for road use in the UK, it required several changes.

For starters, the Callum design consultancy had to fit E-marked glass, a quieter exhaust with catalytic converters, and genuine wing mirrors.

If you’re wondering why it needed wing mirrors – foam dummies were used for filming.

Then the firm had to reduce the panel gaps, remove the quick-release latches required for filming, and resurface the carbon-fiber finish on the bodywork.

That’s not all, though, as they also had to make small adjustments to the damping and ride height to make it easier to use on the road.

“Stunt cars are arguably the true stars, bringing to life the legendary scenes that stay with us as car enthusiasts,” Callum engineering director Adam Donfrancesco said.

“So few actually survive the rigors of filming [that] preservation was key whilst meeting the legislation, and it’s great we can reveal it to the enthusiastic Scramblers.”

The first road-legal Jaguar C-X75 will be displayed at the Bicester Scramble car meet in Oxfordshire, UK on 21 April.


Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.