Jaguar is to set to built nine stunning XKSS’s as an ultra-exclusive continuation model.
The nine new XKSS’S which were referred to by experts as the world’s first supercar – will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to exact specification as the original back in 1957, replacing the cars that were lost during the famous Browns Lane factory fire.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar’s history and is a car coveted by collectors over the world for its exclusivity and unmistakeable design. Jaguar Classic’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.”
Originally only 16 cars were completed before disaster struck. Now, 59 years later, Jaguar is going to build the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers.
Expertise gained from the manufacturing of the Lightweight E-type project will be used in the construction of the nine ultra-exclusive XKSS’s.
Each one will be hand-built at Jaguar’s new ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick with prices expected to be in excess of £1 million.
The story of the XKSS began with Jaguar’s three successive Le Mans victories from 1955 to 1957, with the almighty D-type.After the hat-trick of wins Sir Williams Lyons decided to convert the remaining 25 D-types into road-worthy versions with numerous external modifications.
These modifications included the addition of a new higher windscreen, and extra door on the passenger side, removing the divider between the driver and passenger and taking away the famous fin behind the driver’s seat.
The first deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS will begin in early 2017.
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