Only for the elite — en­gi­neers to build nine XKSS mod­els

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JAGUAR will build the leg­endary XKSS as an ul­tra- exclusive con­tin­u­a­tion model.

Only nine new XKSS’s — of­ten re­ferred to by ex­perts as the world’s first su­per­car — will be hand built by Jaguar Clas­sic to the ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tion as they ap­peared in 1957, re­plac­ing the cars lost due to the fa­mous Browns Lane fac­tory fire.

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 cars were ear­marked for ex­port to the USA, how­ever, just 16 were com­pleted be­fore dis­as­ter struck. Now 59 years later, Jaguar is go­ing to build the nine ‘ lost’ XKSS sports cars for a se­lect group of es­tab­lished col­lec­tors and cus­tomers.

The ex­per­tise gained dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the Light­weight E- type project 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 car will be con­structed 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 story of the XKSS be­gan fol­low­ing Jaguar’s three suc­ces­sive Le Mans vic­to­ries in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with the all- con- quer­ing 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 road­go­ing ver­sions with sev­eral ex­ter­nal mod­i­fi­ca­tions - creat­ing the world’s first su­per car.

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.

The first de­liv­er­ies of the new con­tin­u­a­tion Jaguar XKSS will com­mence in early 2017.

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Jaguar en­gi­neers is work­ing on re­plac­ing the nine XKSS sports cars de­stroyed in a fire for a lucky few col­lec­tors and cus­tomers.

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