This Jaguar XJ Spider concept won't be on display at the Turin motor show, but it will be taking a special role in the Supercar Night Parade that opens the show on 6 June.

Over 300 supercars owned by people from all over Italy will take part. Driving the Jaguar – which has never been seen on the road before – will be chairman Paolo Pininfarina.

The two-seater prototype cabriolet based on the XJ coupé platform was shown for the first time at the 1978 Birmingham motor show. The oval air intake at the front and curvy lines were a refreshing counterpoint to the rather dour XJ-S of the time and tried to channel the spirit of the E-type.