New clas­sic Jaguar XKSS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The first Jaguar XKSS made in 60 years has been re­vealed – and Jaguar will build eight more at its Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sion head­quar­ters in Coven­try.

Jaguar will use chas­sis num­bers al­lo­cated to orig­i­nal cars de­stroyed in the Browns Lane fac­tory fire of 1957.

All nine have al­ready been sold for £1m a piece, though. Jaguar ex­ploited sta­teof-the-art tech­nol­ogy to dig­i­tally recre­ate the XKSS shape, which was then used as a blueprint for these con­tin­u­a­tion mod­els. Cou­pled with orig­i­nal tech­ni­cal draw­ings, the orig­i­nal XKSS was recre­ated in ev­ery de­tail. The mag­ne­sium al­loy body was made us­ing a be­spoke styling buck based on the orig­i­nal cars, while the chas­sis was bronze welded as it was in pe­riod. The new XKSS is pow­ered by a 3.4-litre straight six D-type en­gine with a new cast iron block, new cylin­der heads, triple We­ber carbs and a stronger fuel cell – the lat­ter a con­ces­sion to safety. Other changes com­pared with the orig­i­nal cars are said to be ‘mi­nor’.

Tim Han­nig, direc­tor of Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic, says: ‘Our con­tin­u­a­tion XKSS reaf­firms our com­mit­ment to nur­ture the pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm for Jaguar’s il­lus­tri­ous past by of­fer­ing ex­cep­tional cars, ser­vices, parts and ex­pe­ri­ences.’

The new XKSS con­tin­u­a­tion model – eight more will be made by Jaguar.

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