[x300] X300 Corsica

Does anyone know where the X300 Corsica is now?
It was built as a show car for the circa 1995-6 Birmingham Motor
Show, it was an X300 2 door convertible, extended doors too.
It was a fully dressed shell, ie painted and trimmed (light met
blue, cream leather) but NO electrics or drivetrain whatsoever.
It was featured in the JEC mag sometime ago when Jaguar specialists
David Manners took on the job of turning it into a road going car,
I think they fitted a 4.0L six.
Is it on the road or on display somewhere?
I hope it’s on the rd, it’s a stunningly beautiful car and I’m sure
Jaguar could have sold it without a problem if they’d put it into
production…such a shame…–
1996 X300 Executive…Saab 900S Convertible…Bristol UK.
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–

In reply to a message from reggy sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

I think it’s back at the heritage museum.–
The original message included these comments:

Does anyone know where the X300 Corsica is now?
1996 X300 Executive…Saab 900S Convertible…Bristol UK.


Gary 4.0V8 http://www.jag-lovers.org/v.htm?1253292792
London, United Kingdom
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

In reply to a message from reggy sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

As far as I can recollect, once it is totally complete it will
reside in the Jaguar Heritige Museum.–
The original message included these comments:

Does anyone know where the X300 Corsica is now?
It was featured in the JEC mag sometime ago when Jaguar specialists
Is it on the road or on display somewhere?


Kit300
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

In reply to a message from Kit300 sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

A rather pointless excersise then I my opinion…I imagine it’s
finished by now surely…–
1996 X300 Executive…Saab 900S Convertible…Bristol UK.
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

In reply to a message from reggy sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

Hi,

For your information it was the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club technical
specialist David Marks that built the car, not David Manners. The
car was intially shown as a non-powered shell but was finished off
later and has been seen at shows this year driven by David (photos
in JEC magazine).

Regards,–
The original message included these comments:

A rather pointless excersise then I my opinion…I imagine it’s
finished by now surely…


Brian: '99 XJ8 4 litre, West Sussex UK
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

In reply to a message from reggy sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

The conversion of the Corsica was performed by David Marks garages,
rather than David Mannaers. The project is finished and the car is
on the road. The last time I saw it driven was at the Jaguar
Enthusiast Club Northern Day event at newby hall in July of this
year. When I was last at the Heritage museum a copule of months ago
it was on display. Jaguar Heritage has a larger collection that it
can display at any one time, so the cars on display change from
time to time. I don’t think the project was pointless, because now
the car is driven to various events and can be seen by more people
than those who go to the museum.–
Andy Stodart - 1995 & 1996 man XJRs and ex-Jaguar engineer
Northampton, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

In reply to a message from XJRengineer sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

pardon begged…of course, I got my Davids cafuddled…what I meant
was if it was to be just on show then they mas well have left it as
it was…nice to know it’s out and about…
Does anyone agree it should have been put to production?–
The original message included these comments:

The conversion of the Corsica was performed by David Marks garages,
rather than David Mannaers. The project is finished and the car is


1996 X300 Executive…Saab 900S Convertible…Bristol UK.
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

In reply to a message from XJRengineer sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

Andy,

Do you know if the Heritage Trust have any plans to add the Corsica
to the list of cars that can be hired?–
The original message included these comments:

The conversion of the Corsica was performed by David Marks garages,
rather than David Mannaers. The project is finished and the car is
on the road. The last time I saw it driven was at the Jaguar
Enthusiast Club Northern Day event at newby hall in July of this
year. When I was last at the Heritage museum a copule of months ago
it was on display. Jaguar Heritage has a larger collection that it
can display at any one time, so the cars on display change from
time to time. I don’t think the project was pointless, because now
the car is driven to various events and can be seen by more people
than those who go to the museum.
Andy Stodart - 1995 & 1996 man XJRs and ex-Jaguar engineer


Gary 4.0V8 http://www.jag-lovers.org/v.htm?1253292792
London, United Kingdom
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

The story of the build:
http://www.davidmarksgarages.net/daimler%20corsica%20part%201.htm

Craig

XJRengineer wrote:>In reply to a message from reggy sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

The conversion of the Corsica was performed by David Marks garages,
rather than David Mannaers. The project is finished and the car is
on the road.

In reply to a message from Craig Talbot sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

It’s on JDHT, but I hope that they did not sell it in the last
selling package.

My best regards,
Miguel–
migueldefender from Lisbon - Jaguar X300 1995 in Marocco Red
Lisbon, Portugal
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

No, they didn’t sell it. What was old was cars there were duplicates, or
not core to the collection.

Craig

mikedefender wrote:>In reply to a message from Craig Talbot sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

It’s on JDHT, but I hope that they did not sell it in the last
selling package.

In reply to a message from Craig Talbot sent Thu 26 Nov 2009:

I had the chance to have a good long look at the Corsica during
X300 seminar in March. It was in the foyer at Castle Bromwich and
being a polished tile floor right next to a fllor to ceiling window
it was easy to look underneath as a mirror image. I have some
photos somewhere.

It has a bit of door-drop IIRC and knowing how hard it is stiffen a
cut-down shell (as oposed to a car like the E-type designed to be a
convertible from the start) I would guess the scuttle shake is
pretty bad. I wouldn’t go so far as to say the door drop is caused
by a flexing shell but it’s one thing to make a gorgeous show car
and quite another to give good service for 200,000 miles on average
roads.

I’ve seen one picture with the hood up and it didn’t look great,
sad to say. But yes, in the league of ‘what if?’ cars, it really
does stand out as a tantalising example but to make any money on
such a small volume Jag would have needed to price it very high I
think. I also doubt they could have used the name in the USA as it
is the name of a 1990s Chevrolet model, a nondescript Cavalier-
sized car.

Pete–
68 E-type OTS, 96 X305 XJ12, 99 Daimler Super V8
Cambridge, United Kingdom
–Posted using Jag-lovers JagFORUM [forums.jag-lovers.org]–
–Support Jag-lovers - Donate at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate04.php

Thanks for that Craig - very very interesting !
Jon----- Original Message -----
From: “Craig Talbot” talbotc@telus.net
To: x300@lofty.jag-lovers.org
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2009 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: [x300] X300 Corsica

The story of the build: