Jaguar sells half ‘new’ XKSS production run
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
A computer model of the ‘new’ Jaguar XKSS.