Originally Posted by SGladwell
Someone else might know better, but my understanding with that one is that the basic design was Jaguar's first, with their "F-type" concept. (Or maybe it was just a drawing in Car.) Then Ford gave it to Aston, and Jag copied it back later.
So basically it's all Ford's fault. Whaddya expect from the company whose first move was to take the step that the last group of real Lyons-era Jaguar people went to extreme steps to prevent: shoving a V8 under the bonnet?
Indeed, it was a Jag design first, for the original XK8 had 4 revolving design styles which were made into full-size clay models during the developmental stage. One of them looks A LOT like the current XK.
Jaguar isn't the only car company to pull this stupid nonsense off either, for the current M-class looks a lot closer to the clay models and prototype the MB made when they first announced the car than the original M-class.