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 Post subject: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:32 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Jaguar
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:50 am 
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Stylish period ad for Bertone with the one off Jaguar XK 140


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 11:39 pm 
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Publicity on the Pirhana


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:11 pm 
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A new Jaguar concept-car by Bertone will be revealed at the next Geneva Salon on March 3rd 2011 : the B 99 concept (Bis for Bertone, 99 for their 99 years of existence, Bertone was founded in 1912).
Here are some photographs. Although it is in the "retro styling" fashion, I like the general styling, very smooth and elegant, and indeed very well balanced : you could think it is a car as big as a XJ 6, it is only 4,60 m long…


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:46 am 
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Piranha is alive and well in the USA, but has changed colour.


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:18 am 
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phaeton wrote:
A new Jaguar concept-car by Bertone will be revealed at the next Geneva Salon on March 3rd 2011 : the B 99 concept (Bis for Bertone, 99 for their 99 years of existence, Bertone was founded in 1912).
Here are some photographs. Although it is in the "retro styling" fashion, I like the general styling, very smooth and elegant, and indeed very well balanced : you could think it is a car as big as a XJ 6, it is only 4,60 m long…

It's really a beautiful car!!
Unfortunately it's only a concept-car... :(
At Geneva there is also a stunning maquette of a race version...
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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:48 pm 
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"Race" picture...
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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 5:02 pm 
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For sale at http://www.zwakmanmotors.com/jaguar-cars.php
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1958 Jaguar XK150 Coupe by Bertone
One out of 3 special build XK150 based Bertone cars and the only one based at XK150 3.8S techniques and as far as we know the only left out of the 3 cars.
Fantastic body lines and pure Bertone, combinated with the brutally power of the 3.8S engine it been a lot quicker as their period Italian competitors.
Overhaul in good condition and road use ready.
Price estimation Sterling 440.000,-

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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:23 pm 
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FT recently surfaced and sold in Belgium: http://www.albionmotorcars.com/sold/detail/62


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:30 pm 
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It's a car to drive with the hat on!


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:30 pm 
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PG1964 wrote:
It's a car to drive with the hat on!

And a balaclava :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:38 pm 
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It seems there were 3 Jaguar XK 150s by Bertone , all a bit different ;
In order of construction ;

( 1 ) Probably black , with unusual "coves" behind front wheel arches , 3 wipers & rear view mirror above windscreen
Sharp corners on rear window.
Displayed at Turin show 1957 alongside an Aston Martin with similar appearance.
Whereabouts unknown.

( 2 ) Originally brown (?) , 2 wipers & mirror on dashtop
Sharp corners on rear window
Spent many years in Italy in green ,now red. ( see more photos earlier in thread )

( 3 ) Originally "candy" red , RHD , 2 wipers ,rear view mirror on dashtop
Round corners on rear window.
Displayed at Turin show 1958.
Later silver , believed destroyed in ' 60s.

Comparing all the photos , It is difficult to believe that ( 2 ) was originally built with those rather unattractive late ' 60s style rear lights ,heavy rubber tipped overriders & the large side grilles.
Also unusual are the slight wheel arch flares just at the rear ?
As it spent many years in Italy ,it's possible that some coachbuilder "updated" the car in the late ' 60s ??

It's worth noting that ( 1 ) & ( 3 ) have similar style rear lights ( incorporating the early style original xk 140/150(morris minor!) lenses I suspect ) , no overiders or side grilles & imho look the better for it.

It would be great to see any old photos of ( 2 ) (red car) when it was new if anyone has any ? =)
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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:30 pm 
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Period adv of the Pirana.


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:48 pm 
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once more the S-Type


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:28 pm 
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The third Bertone coupé


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:28 am 
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Bertone Jaguar Ascot, 1977


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 Post subject: First FT at Bonhams
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:34 pm 
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FT.
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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:33 am 
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The first Bertone coupe.
Black or dark blue or green?


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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:48 pm 
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Hello everyone !

The first of the three XK150 Bertone appeared in 1957 Under the name "XKE" :!: in water green.

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 Post subject: Re: Bertone Jaguar
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:29 am 
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The article ive found on the net.
A Very Special Jaguar
One of the great pleasures of having been involved with cars and motor racing for over fifty years is the people I have known . A particular friend, John Coombs, that stalwart of the Jaguar marque, started out his motor racing career as a pretty fair driver. He raced Cooper 500s and drove for Connaught in a number of British national racing events before settling down to develop Coombs of Guildford into one of the most successful Jaguar dealerships in the country. As a result, he had the ear of Jaguar's top brass and was a regular visitor to Coventry to meet up with Bill Lyons and Lofty England.
In the mid-1950's John had a customer, Tony Hubbard whose family were involved in Woolworths stores in England, who wanted something different and John agreed to see what he could do. He talked with Miss Fenton at Jaguar who was not only sales manager of the company but was William Lyons' personal secretary. ( "Everybody had two jobs at Jaguar" remarks John.) and managed to buy a complete Jaguar XK150 chassis and engine which he believes is the only time Jaguar ever sold a car without a complete body. This was sent to Bertone, the famous Italian coachbuilders, to be styled.
" A few weeks later I was sent a full size set of drawings of the car " said John, " and shortly after that I was asked to go to Italy and see a specially prepared full sized buck they had made. They had made the buck with one side of the car different from the other so that I could choose the style I wanted. On one side the roof line looked too high and so I chose the other side and they went ahead and built the car."
As Hubbard wanted something special Bertone produced a very special paint job. They first painted it in gold and then put an opalescent red on top so that the colour of the gold shone through, a spectacular colour scheme. However, when the car arrived at Guildford there was a small scratch on it and Coombs had a terrible time painting out the scratch without having the
car sent back and totally repainted.
Once it was built, Coombs was very pleased. He telephoned Lofty England at Jaguar enthusing about the car but Lofty didn't want to know. Eventually, however, he did take a look at the car and indeed borrowed it and took it back to Coventry for a closer look. John feels that some of the small styling features on this Bertone bodied XK150 were to find their way into future Jaguar models.
However, no matter that Tony Hubbard liked the car, he sold it after six months to a London architect who changed the 3.4 litre Jaguar engine for a 3.8 litre. Very few photographs of the car ever appeared even though it was a stunning design and would have made Jaguar a fortune had it been put into production.
We now move a few years further on and a visit I made to Italy. I arrived at Lydd airport for the air ferry service that used to run from there to Le Touquet using front opening transport planes. Imagine my surprise when, over in a corner of the customs hall, was a golden red car with an interesting body and a Jaguar XK150 badge on the nose. I spoke to the customs people about it and they said that it had been impounded as someone had taken it out of the country and was due to pay further duty on it on his return. He had not paid the duty and now the car was waiting to have the duty paid or else be sold.
Forty years later, in August 2000, I was in Monterey for the Pebble Beach concours d'Elegance. Various auctions take place over the weekend. I drove out to the classy Pebble Beach golf course where the Blackhawk Collection display of cars due to come up for sale. Blackhawk, based in Danville, California, south east of San Francisco is a motoring enthusiast's paradise but on this occasion I could not believe my eyes. Here was the same Jaguar XK150 I had seen all those years ago in the customs shed at Lydd airport. Now it looked pristine and had clearly had a full respray as the muted reddy gold of the original had long since disappeared. It is still a beautiful looking car which can hold its own against most of the modern day styling classics. I did not stay on for the auction to see what happened to the Jaguar and whether, in fact, it was sold.


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