The Jaguar XKSS has been confirmed to be the British automaker’s next continuation model.
The ultra-exclusive sports car is limited to just nine units and will be hand-built by Jaguar Classic. The Jaguar XKSS is often referred to by experts as the world’s first supercar and the continuation model will be built to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957. According to Jaguar, the nine units are replacing the cars lost in the famous Browns Lane factory fire.
The original cars were set to be exported to the U.S., but only 16 were completed before disaster struck.
The XKSS came to be following Jaguar’s three successive Le Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with the D-Type. After the hat trick of wins, Sir Williams Lyons made the decision in 1957 to convert the remaining 25 D-Types into road-going versions, essentially creating the world’s first supercar. Modifications made for the street XKSS included the addition of a new higher windshield, an extra door on the passenger side, removing the divider between the driver and passenger, as well as the removal of the famous fin behind the driver’s seat.
Every aspect of the Jaguar XKSS continuation model will be fully certified by Jaguar and expect pricing to be in excess of £1 million ($1.4 million). Deliveries will begin in early 2017.
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