The Aquila is a concept car designed by the then up-and-coming British car stylist Chris Field.
In 1971, the editor of the Daily Telegraph's colour magazine, the late John Anstey, with aid from the Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers, created a competition to organize the construction of some new cars designed by young British car stylists.
In 1971 the competitors had to create a two-door coupé, and the winner would have their car displayed at next year's Earl's Court Motor Show.
The 1971 winner, a Rootes stylist called Michael Moore, won with the Cirrus, a Ford Escort saloon-based fastback.
In 1972 the design brief was for a family car of the future (to be launched in 1976). The Aquila was the winner. Chris Field's five-door creation was based on an Austin Maxi and featured very sharp, severe lines.
The Cirrus and Aquila cost £16,000 and £26,000 to make respectively, and so after 1972 the British Styling Competition was discontinued.
Both cars survive to this day.
- Giles Chapman (1997). Cars That Time Forgot. Parragon. ISBN 0-75252-539-5.