Jaguar will once again start producing the ‘world’s first supercar’ with nine brand-new XKSS set to be built to exactly the same specification as the original 1957 models list in the Browns Lane factory fire.
Jaguar Classic will hand-build the nine new cars using the original designs and specifications: a hand-picked group of collectors and customers will be offered a chance to buy one of the new models – each costing more than £1 million.
The XKSS was based on the Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type, which scooped the 24-hour prize in 1955, 1956 and 1957. It was Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons’ decision to convert 25 remaining D-type into road-going cars.
Experts now commonly agree this made the XKSS the world’s first supercar.
16 were built but the remaining nine cars – destined for the U.S. – were lost in the devastating 1957 Browns Lane fire.
Now, Jaguar’s going to restore order with the ‘modern classic’ XKSS series, with production set to begin soon at the new Jaguar ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick. Expertise from the continuation Lightweight E-type project will be called upon and first deliveries are due to begin in early 2017.
Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “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.
“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.”