Gallery: the long road to the Jaguar F-Type
Ian Callum, director of design, talks exclusively on the cars that led Jaguar to today’s all-conquering roadster
Posted: 01 Aug 2014
Ian Callum on… the 1997 Concept XK 180
“I don’t know very much about this car other than it was based on a shortened X100 platform to make it into a pure two-seater.
“I suspect it was a serious attempt to create the idea of ‘the next sports car’ by the design department. The racing screen was always very flattering and gave the car great proportions, but like the next attempt at an ‘F Type’ (the 2000 concept) it was never going to work in reality. I remember it had big round tail lamps in tubes at the rear and they would re-appear on the 2000 F-Type concept. It’s a good-looking car but it didn't create many waves.”