On the occasion of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar Classic has unveiled the first Jaguar XKSS to be built in 60 years. The stunning Jaguar XKSS, finished in Sherwood Green paint, has been created by the Jaguar Classic engineering team ahead of the production of nine cars for delivery to customers across the globe in 2017 – and is a period correct continuation, built using a combination of original drawings from Jaguar’s archive and modern technology.
The world’s first supercar, the Jaguar XKSS was originally made by Jaguar as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type, which was built from 1954-1956. In 1957, nine cars earmarked for export to North America were lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in the British Midlands; meaning just 16 examples of XKSS were built.
Earlier this year Jaguar announced that its Classic division would build the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers. The new one-off XKSS presented in Los Angeles is the summation of 18 months of research and will be used as a blueprint from which the nine continuation cars are built.
The nine cars will be completely new, with period chassis numbers from the XKSS chassis log. All cars are now sold at a price in excess of £1million each (about $1.2403 USD).
Under the bonnet, the XKSS is supplied with a 262hp 3.4-litre straight six-cylinder D-type engine. The engine features completely new cast iron blocks, new cast cylinder heads and three Weber DC03 carburetors. Minor specification changes have been made only to improve driver and passenger safety. Customer vehicles will be hand-built beginning this year, and it is estimated that 10,000 man hours will go into building each of the new XKSS cars.
Remembering: The XKSS is the second continuation car to be created by Jaguar, following on from the six Lightweight E-types that were built in 2014.