One-off Jaguars that come up for sale tend to command spectacular prices when they come up for sale – but they can also prove to be rather controversial, given the beauty of the cars they’re based upon. This Bertone FT is a good case in point – it’s based on the S-type 3.8, and eschews its donor car’s curvaceousness for a far more angular set of clothes.
But the story’s interesting enough. In 1966, the Italian Jaguar importer Ferruccio Tarchini commissioned Bertone to build a four-seater coupé for its 1966 Geneva Motor Show stand. Initially it was planned to distribute this car s a limited production model, but the plan soon fell through after a single car was made. The FT (for Ferruccio Tarchini) pretty sunk without a trace. Until now – as Albion Motorcars in Belgium has one up for sale.
The original Geneva show car is still in the hands of the Tarchini family, and the car on offer is the only ‘series’ car – having been built on a Jaguar 420 chassis and sold to a customer in Spain in 1967. The car remained there until recently, when the car was rediscovered in the corner of a garage.
it’s described as being in highly original condition and needing a re-paint, and the price is ‘on application’, but we can’t help but think that this is a Jaguar variation. What do you think – do the Italian stylists understand what makes a Jaguar click?
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