Jaguar will build nine reproductions of the XKSS model to the exact specification as those produced in 1957. The ‘continuation’ Jaguar XKSS will make its debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Jaguar originally made the XKSS as a road-going version of the Le Mans winning D-type, and cars built in 1957 were originally earmarked for export to the U.S., but disaster struck and a number were lost to the Browns Lane fire of the same year. Now, 59 years later, Jaguar will build the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of collectors and customers.
Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said, “The continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”
All nine continuation XKSS are now sold, with first deliveries to customers planned for early 2017.
The Jaguar Classic team said the expertise garnered in producing their first continuation model — the Lightweight E-type launched in 2015, will be enhanced in the production process developed for the XKSS.
Additionally, the Lightweight E-type chassis number 15, one of the famous ‘Missing Six’ produced as continuation models in 2015, made its racing debut at the Le Mans Classic Circuit de la Sarthe on Saturday 09 July. Journalist and television presenter Chris Harris piloted Lightweight E-type in its race debut at Le Mans Classic.
[Source: Jaguar Classic]