The idea was to show “the ideal car”. Not a model or a mock-up, but a real, full-scale car. In working order. Complete to the last detail. With the best of the best. In short, “the top of the top”, with one single condition, the components were to already be in production and available to the public, and it had to have all the latest safety features. Without forgetting comfort and performance. The car was to be announced on the cover of the Daily Telegraph Magazine with the title: “We have built the star of the Motor Show.” The project, and the challenge, thrilled the Coventry company and Bob Berry, head of the PR department, made all Jaguar’s partners available. The chassis and engine of the Jaguar E was used as the base – it was no coincidence that the Pirana should have replaced the iconic Jaguar E Type – a powerful 4.2 litre, 12-valve, 6-cylinder, 4.235cc engine with 265cv, which powered the car to over 250km/h. For the bodywork, shortened by about half a metre, the choice fell on Bertone and was entrusted to Marcello Gandini – the mind behind some of the most famous Italian cars, including the Lamborghini Countach and Miura and the Lancia Stratos. Gandini, who was working on the Montreal, an Alfa Romeo prototype which was to debut shortly, decided to exploit some of its solutions for the British one-off car too, such as the lifting rear window.