9 of these classic sportscars will be built by Jaguar

Now this might come as a surprise for many but Jaguar is actually planning to rebuild their iconic XKSS sportscar once again. The British automaker will build only 9 of these stunning one of a kind iconic Sporstcar by hand, these cars will get the same specification as those made in 1957 and will be replacing those cars which were burnt due when a fire broke out at the Browns Lane factory.

These cars will be built for select group of established collectors and customers. Every car will be built by a special team of Jaguar’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians. These engineers and technicians will be building these 9 cars at the Jaguar’s new ’Experimental Shop’ in Warwick. They will be using all their skills and expertise which they have gained during the construction of lightweight E Type project. This is definitely grandest news for those classic lovers and collectors because after almost 59 years Jaguar has taken this huge decision of resurrecting this one of a kind classic sporstcar of all time.

The XKSS can be called World’s first supercar because it was not only fast but was a mechanical marvel of that era. This car even helped Jaguar to get three back to back victories at the biggest stage of all called Le Mans in the year 1955, 1956 and 1957. However compared to the sportscar, the production variant of the car was little different because it was modified and got a higher windscreen, an extra door at the passenger’s side and also the removal of the fin towards its back.

The deliveries of the new Jaguar will begin from early 2017.

You can also watch this video to get more information about the Jaguar XKSS.

Riju Ganguly

Press Release

Jaguar to Build Iconic XKSS – ‘The World’s First Supercar

- * Ultra-exclusive sports car to be hand-built by Jaguar Classic
- * All nine cars built to exact same specification as those made in 1957, replacing cars lost due to the Browns Lane fire
- * Jaguar originally made the XKSS as a road-going version of the Le Mans winning D-type

Jaguar is to build the stunning XKSS as an ultra-exclusive continuation model.
Nine new XKSS’s - often referred to by experts as the world’s first supercar - will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957, replacing the cars lost due to the famous Browns Lane factory fire.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: "The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar’s history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design.
"Jaguar Classic’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.
"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 original cars were earmarked for export to the USA, however, just 16 were completed before disaster struck. Now 59 years later, Jaguar is going to build the nine ’lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers.
The expertise gained during the construction of the Lightweight E-type project will be transferred to the construction of the nine ultra-exclusive continuations. Each one will be hand-built at Jaguar’s new ’Experimental Shop’ in Warwick.
Every car will be constructed to the same specifications as those first 16 made in 1957 - every aspect fully certified by Jaguar. The price will be in excess of £1 million.
The story of the XKSS began following Jaguar’s three successive Le Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with the all-conquering D-type.
After the hat-trick of wins, Sir Williams Lyons took the decision on 14 January 1957 to convert the remaining 25 D-types into road-going versions with several external modifications - creating the world’s first super car.
These modifications included the addition of a new higher windscreen, an extra door on the passenger side, taking away the divider between driver and passenger and the removal of the famous fin behind the driver’s seat.
The first deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS will commence in early 2017.

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