We already know firsthand the Swiss event is the Mecca of exotic automotive labels, so there’s no surprise such an elegant proposition – such as the 2017 Speedback GT – is making its debut there.

With a gynormous price tag – £495,000 (about $622,330 / €577,140) – David Brown Automotive still makes a compelling case for wanting the beautifully retro-flavored Speedback GT, which comes to life after at least 8,000 man hours after it starts its existence as a Jaguar XKR. The coachbuilder – long live this almost forsaken art – will have not one but two 2017 model year examples on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March wearing the latest updates and design enhancements. This is a unique hand-built ride that starts its life as a regular Jaguar XKR and becomes a James Bond – ala Aston Martin DB5 – ride.

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After 142 aluminum panels the only thing left from the donor is the windshield frame – and even the painting process takes no less than eight weeks. The XKR’s standard trunk lid is also swapped with a practical top-hinged tailgate that needs roof changes, and DBA even creates something new – you can fold down the lower section of the tailgate to create a seat. There are 237 changes over the 2014 prototype – but the same untamed heart under the hood: supercharged 5.0-liter V8 packing 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Newton meters) of torque.


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