Curves worth R17 million
THE Jaguar Classic engineering team have rolled off their assembly floor the first genuine Jaguar XKSS to be built in almost 60 years a few weeks ahead of the production schedule.
The mechanics formed the magnesium alloy bodies by hand over wooden bucks, which first had to be re- created. There are a few items not period correct, like the petrol tank, which has been updated in the interests of safety, and new cast iron blocks, but the 3,4- litre, double- overhead camshaft inline- six, fed by a trio of Weber DC03 carburetors, still pushes this car to 160 km/ h in 14 seconds.
This is why XKSS is often called the world’s first supercar, and was a road- going conversion of the Le Mans- winning D- type, which was built from 1954- 1956.
In 1957, a fire destroyed nine cars earmarked for export to North America at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in the British Midlands; with only 16 examples of XKSS being built. Jaguar announced in March it would assemble the nine XKSS cars destroyed in the fire.
Eight months later, the first of the nine models made its world debut at the Petersen Museum, Los Angeles.
Finished in non- metallic Sherwood Green paint, the XKSS still catches the eye of even millenial kids who otherwise have no interest in cars.
Or as one cooed at the office: “It is so curvy!”
Each of the nine cars will be completely new, with period chassis numbers from the XKSS chassis log. All cars are sold at a price in excess of £ 1 million ( over R17 million) each. — WR.
The top view of the first genuine Jaguar XKSS to be built in almost 60 years, now on display at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.
The fist of nine cars for delivery to customers across the globe in 2017.