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Jaguar to build nine new XKSS

Published 24 March 2016

Jaguar is to build nine new XKSS to replace those destroyed by a fire at the factory. The cars, which were the roadgoing version of the Le Mans-winning D-type, were destroyed in a blaze at Browns Lane in 1957.

Now Jaguar will build a nine continuation cars – and you can expect these ultra-exclusive models to cost more than £1m, which will be quickly snapped up by collectors ready for delivery next year.

Tim Hannig, director Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said that the XKSS is a car coveted for its exclusivity and unmistakable design.

Hannig said, ‘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.

Original XKSS 2

‘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.’

Like the Lightweight E-types, each one will be hand-built at Jaguar’s new ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick. Every car will be constructed to the same specifications as those first 16 made in 1957.

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.

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.

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