After the success of Jaguar’s Lightweight E-Type project, Tim Hanning - the Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic - has given the go ahead for another “ultra-exclusive continuation model”. This time, the team will be producing nine ‘brand-new’ examples of the XKSS, a car Jaguar refers to as the “world’s first supercar”.
The XKSS was designed as a road-going version of the highly successful D-Type Le Mans racer. The story goes that after three successive Le Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957, Jaguar Cars co-founder Sir Williams Lyons decided to convert the remaining race specification D-Types into road cars. This was done by adding a higher windscreen, a passenger door and by removing the iconic fin behind the driver’s seat.
Jaguar originally planned to convert 25 of these stunning machines back in 1957, but the final run only amounted to 16, with nine vehicles being lost in the famous Browns Lane factory fire. What Jaguar Heritage will do is replace the ‘lost’ nine cars, but it’s important to note that these cars are not replicas, as every XKSS will be constructed to the exact same specification as those 16 made in 1957.
If you want one of these stunning classics, Jaguar has stated that the price will be in excess of £1 million. Deliveries are expected to take place in early 2017.