Nine new XKSS’s will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957, replacing the nine cars that were lost due to the Browns Lane factory fire on the 12th of February 1957.
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 the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable 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.
“Our continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”
The original 23 cars were converted from Jaguar’s D-Type racing car to road legal XKSS by Sir William Lyons following Jaguar’s withdrawal from the racing circuit and were set aside to exploit the lucrative American market for high performance European cars before disaster stuck the factory.
Now 59 years later the story of the XKSS which began following Jaguar’s three dominating victories at Le Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with D-type will continue as Jaguar builds the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for an exclusive group of reputable collectors and customers.
This isn’t the first time Jaguar has revived an icon. In 2014, Jaguar built six ‘remaining’ Lightweights E-Type to the exact same specification as the originals and were only available for select number of collectors, specifically those who had in historic race cars.
The expertise gained during the construction of the Lightweight E-type will be transferred to the construction of the nine ultra-exclusive continuations. Each one will be hand-built at Jaguar’s new ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick.
Every detail of the car will be painstaking matched to the same specifications as those first 16 made in 1957 – every aspect fully certified by Jaguar. The price will be in excess of £1 million.
The first deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS will commence in early 2017.