Jaguar FT by Bertone (1967).
Coachbuilt Jaguar by one of the most prestigious Italian design companies.
In 1966, the Italian Jaguar importer Ferruchio Tarchini commissioned Bertone to build a 4-seater coupé based on the S-Type 3.8, to put on their stand during the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. Initially it was planned to distribute this car through the Jaguar sale organisation in Italy and abroad, but in the end production was limited to just the prototype. They called it the Jaguar FT, following the initials of Ferruchio Tarchini.
This very handsome coupé announces the XJ6 Series 1 of 1968. There is a familiar Jaguar look in the car, with a Mk10 style radiator grill and a very luxurious interior. This Geneva showcar is still the property of the Tarchini family.How big was our surprise when we came across another FT ! This car is based on a Jaguar 420 platform, and following the Jaguar Daimler Heritage certificate supplied as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) car, to be assembled in Italy with a Bertone bodywork. Following the Jaguar Heritage Trust, Coventry supplied 7 of these cars to Bertone, but this was the first and final one they have produced. It was delivered to a rich customer in Madrid, and stayed there until we found it in a corner of an old garage building.
The car is in very original condition, and needs some TLC. A full repaint of the car is necessary, and there is some rust in the bootfloor but nothing unrepairable.
This is the perfect opportunity for the discerned Jaguar collector to add an ultra-rare example to the collection. It is the perfect mix of the traditional Jaguar class with bespoke italian design. Your perfect entry ticket for Pebble Beach, Villa d'Este or the Goodwood Festival of Speed Concours d'Elegance, and a unique piece of Jaguar history. Not cheap, but a very good investment !