Jaguar has revealed that the Jaguar XKSS will be the latest vintage model to receive the ‘Jaguar Classic’ continuation treatment. The remaining nine of the an original intended run of 25 cars will be built, accounting for those destroyed during the infamous 1957 Browns Lane factory fire. Being a continuation, the cars will be brand new – albeit fastidiously true to template – recreations of the 1957 cars.
The original story of the XKSS is an interesting one. Sir William Lyons commissioned the models on January 14th 1957 to make use of 25 surplus to requirement D-Type examples by converting them to a new road specification. The result was a stylish and curvaceous roadster that both evoked memories of the legendary three-time Le Mans winning D-Type, and established a styling template for future Jaguar sportscars to draw upon. Of the 25 cars earmarked for export to the United States, 16 were delivered with the remainder of the batch cancelled following the fire.
The continuation XKSS follows on from the lightweight E-Type that Jaguar recently produced, making use of unused chassis numbers. Lessons learned from that continuation project are being implemented at their new ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick for the XKSS, with the first car scheduled for delivery in early 2017.
Tim Hannig, Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: ‘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.’
Each car will be priced ‘in excess of £1million’, with first deliveries expected in early 2017.