XKSS makes it to New Zealand shores
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.