Jaguar to Build Iconic XKSS, Making up for 1957 Factory Blaze

March 24, 2016

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Jaguar is set to build the XKSS as an exclusive continuation model.

Nine new XKSS models-often referred to as the world’s first supercar, according to Jaguar-will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957, replacing the cars lost due to the famous Browns Lane factory fire.

The original cars were allocated for export to the U.S., however, just 16 were completed before disaster struck. Now, 59 years later, Jaguar is going to make up for the lost XKSS sports cars, earmarked for a select group of established collectors and customers, according to the company.

The expertise gained during the construction of the lightweight E-type project will be transferred to the construction of the nine ultra-exclusive continuations, according to Jaguar. Each one will be hand-built at Jaguar’s new Experimental Shop in Warwick, England.

The story of the XKSS began following Jaguar’s three successive Le Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with the all-conquering D-type. After the hat-trick of wins, Sir Williams Lyons took the decision on 14 January 1957 to convert the remaining 25 D-types into road-going versions with several external modifications-creating the world’s first super car, according to Jaguar.

These modifications included the addition of a new higher windscreen, an extra door on the passenger side, taking away the divider between driver and passenger and the removal of the famous fin behind the driver’s seat.

The first deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS will commence in early 2017. The company expects the model price to exceed $1 million.

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