The Cars That Money Can’t Buy – Jaguar F-Type

Sun 16th Jun 2019

Sometimes your wallet won’t stretch to purchasing your dream motor. But don’t worry too much, there are some cars that even the biggest bank balances can’t buy, the dream cars that will forever remain a dream. These are the concept cars that never go into production.

Jaguar F-Type
There’ll be plenty of naysayers who suggest that the F-Type has no place to take within the series of cars that never made the factory floor. We all know that the F-Type is alive and kicking, launched in 2013 to great critical acclaim and success on the sales floor.

And though Jaguar have produced a real winner with the successor to the famous E-Type, there are many who may wonder what the F-Type might have looked like had the company pushed ahead with their 2000 concept for the luxury sports car.

Geoff Lawson, Jaguar’s legendary Head of Design, led a team of three designers towards the end of the 1990s, with the aim of creating a lightweight sports car to compete with some of the more coveted motors of the era coming out of the Porsche and Aston Martin factories. Lawson had revived the famous British marque during the 1990s with a series of saloons under the XJ and XK badges, cars which helped revive a company which had fallen behind the efforts of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Under the ownership of Ford Motor Group, Lawson was encouraged to build a successor to the E-Type and the 2000 F-Type concept certainly looked like delivering on the dream.

Unveiled at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show with some knowing retro styling which harked back to Jaguar’s halcyon era of the 1950s and 60s.

Unfortunately Lawson’s untimely death in 1999 put the F-Type project into jeopardy and when Ford’s money men counted up the figures they decided that the F-Type concept would not make sense on the forecourt. Further budget cuts from Ford finally put an end to the F-Type project and Jaguar shifted their focus to the field of Formula One.