Jaguar Classic, the British automaker's classics division, has announced that it is going to hand-build nine of the iconic XKSS model to exact 1957 specifications. This project aims to replace the units that were lost in the Browns plant fire. Lane of the XKSS.
Jaguar originally made the XKSS as a street version of the Le Mans 24 Hours winning D-Type in 1955, 1956 and 1957. They were to be destined for the United States market.
Now 59 years later, Jaguar Classic is going to make these nine units for a select group of customers and collectors. The price of each of the units will exceed one million euros and the first deliveries are scheduled for early 2017.
After the Le Mans triplet, Sir Williams Lyons made the decision, on January 14, 1957, to convert the 25 D-Types that were available into road versions for which he applied considerable external modifications to them and that gave rise to the first super sports in the world.
These changes included a new windshield, an additional passenger door and the elimination of the wing behind the driver's seat. According to Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hanning, the XKSS holds a unique place in Jaguar history and is a car that is highly respected by collectors.