Nine Jaguar XKSS to Be Built – Features and Delivery Date
The Jaguar XKSS is a legendary car and takes an esteemed place in automotive history, for it is often referred to by experts as the world’s first supercar. Nine new XKSS cars will be hand-built by Jaguar Classic, with the exact specifications as they appeared in 1957, replacing the cars lost due to the famous Browns Lane factory fire. Read more to find out about its features and delivery date.
Story of the Jaguar XKSS
Jaguar originally made the XKSS as a road-going version of the Le Mans winning D-type, which dominated with victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957. After the hat-trick of wins, Sir Williams Lyons, the iconic Managing-Director of Jaguar, took the decision on January 14, 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 original cars were earmarked for export to the USA. However, just 16 were completed before disaster struck with the famous Browns Lane factory fire, destroying nine of the XKSS models.
Resurrection of the XKSS
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 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.” – Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic
Jaguar XKSS Delivery Date
If you would like to be one of the very few people to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar XKSS, the first deliveries of the ultra-exclusive sports car will commence in early 2017. Be sure to follow us on the Barrett Jaguar Blog for updates on the Jaguar XKSS and other new and upcoming Jaguar models.