Jaguar sells half ‘new’ XKSS pro­duc­tion run

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Jaguar will build nine new £1 mil­lion-plus D-type based XKSS mod­els in 2017 – and it’s al­ready sold half of them.

The cars are to re­place the nine com­pleted ex­am­ples built in 1957 that were de­stroyed in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane fac­tory. They will be man­u­fac­tured at Jaguar’s re­cently es­tab­lished ‘Ex­per­i­men­tal Shop’ in War­wick, us­ing the same tech­niques as the Light­weight E-3 con­tin­u­a­tion cars.

The orig­i­nal XKSS was a road­go­ing ver­sion of the D-type, pro­duced fol­low­ing Jaguar’s with­drawal from mo­tor­sport.

Tony O’Ke­effe, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for Jaguar Her­itage says: ‘It was a nat­u­ral fol­low-on to the Light­weight E-types. Just 16 of the planned 25 cars could be built af­ter the fire, and we’re com­plet­ing the cir­cle. They’ll be ex­actly as the orig­i­nal cars, right down to the num­ber of riv­ets in the body.

‘The re­ac­tion so far has been very strong, we’ve sold over half of them and have re­ceived sev­eral en­quiries since we have re­vealed the project in New York.’ Sam Skel­ton

www.jaguarher­itage.com

A com­puter model of the ‘new’ Jaguar XKSS.

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