4 JAGUAR XKSS (1957)

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WHY IT’S HERE Jaguar used left­over D-type mono­co­ques to cre­ate a road car for Class C Pro­duc­tion rac­ing in the United States

Some­time re­ferred to as ‘Jaguar’s GTO’, the XKSS ex­ists in that rar­efied group of ul­tra-col­lectible sports rac­ers. De­pend­ing on how you slice it, just 16 or 18 were built be­fore Jaguar’s fac­tory fire in Fe­bru­ary 1957 de­stroyed the re­main­ing mono­co­ques. In truth there would prob­a­bly never have been more than 30 any­way.

And what a car it was, with per­for­mance not far off that of the Le Mans-win­ning D-type it was based on. The full-width screen, soft-top and quar­ter bumpers added a lit­tle ex­tra weight, but the 250bhp en­gine still only had 920kg to haul around. With the right gear­ing the XKSS could hit 160mph, as­ton­ish­ing for a road car in 1957. Han­dling was like­wise straight off the race track, which is largely where they were ex­pected to wind up, once enough had been built to meet the Sports Car Club of Amer­ica’s reg­u­la­tions.

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