Of course, Jaguar had been rocking serious curves since the 1940s. This Pininfarina exercise re-introduced a swoopy, flowing shape that was markedly different from the boxy production XK.
Very, very impressive level of production value for a 1978 concept. Although not adapted for sale, some vindication for the designers came when this basic surfacing template was a huge hit for the Aston Martin DB7 and even the Jaguar XK from 1996.
Dozens of other cars would adopt the plastic nose-cone and beat the idea to death via the Pontiac Firebird and even Chevrolet Corvette.
1978 JAGUAR XJ Spider by Pininfarina
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