XKSS makes it to New Zealand shores

New Zealand Classic Car - - NEWS -

Jaguar has built nine re­pro­duc­tions of the XKSS model to the ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tion of those pro­duced in 1957, and one of them has made its way to our lit­tle pocket of par­adise. The ‘con­tin­u­a­tion’ Jaguar XKSS made its de­but in Novem­ber 2016, at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show.

Jaguar orig­i­nally built the XKSS as a road-go­ing ver­sion of the Le Mans win­ning D-type, and cars built in 1957 were ear­marked for ex­port to the US, but dis­as­ter struck and a num­ber were lost to the Browns Lane fire of the same year. Now, 60 years on, Jaguar has built the nine ‘ lost’ XKSS sports cars for a se­lect group of col­lec­tors and cus­tomers, in­clud­ing Kiwi mo­tor­ing in­dus­try roy­alty Michael Gil­trap.

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.”

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.

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