1957 Jaguar XKSS
December, 2016 § Leave a comment
This is a 2017 Jaguar XKSS…. yes, just built by Jaguar Classic engineering team. They will build nine completely new cars in 2017, about 1 millon USD for each, the “nine lost” cars.
Often referred to as the world’s first supercar, the XKSS was originally made by Jaguar as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type, which was built from 1954-1956. In 1957, nine cars earmarked for export to North America were lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in the British Midlands; meaning just 16 examples of XKSS were built.
The ‘new original’ Jaguar XKSS is a perfect recreation of the original, with the Smiths gauges, everything from the wood of the steering wheel, to the grain of the leather seats is precisely as it would have been in 1957. Minor specification changes have been made only to improve driver and passenger safety. It is estimated that 10,000 man hours will go into building each one.