4 JAGUAR XKSS (1957)
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.