Mahwah, New Jersey – Nine new XKSS's, often referred to by experts as the world's first supercar, will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957, replacing the cars lost due to the famous Browns Lane factory fire.
Tim Hannig, Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic, says, "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.”
The 1957 vehicle, powered by a 262hp, 3.4L 6-cylinder engine, has long been a collector’s item. Actor Steve McQueen owned one, sold it, then bought it back again because he missed it so much.
"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,” Hannig says.
The original cars were earmarked for export to the U.S., however, just 16 were completed before disaster struck. Now 59 years later, Jaguar is going to build the nine lost XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers.
Every car will be constructed to the same specifications as those first 16 made in 1957 – every aspect fully certified by Jaguar. The price will be in excess of $1.5 million.
The first deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS will commence in early 2017.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic is a division of Special Operations and is dedicated to providing cars, services, parts and experiences to owners and fans of classic Jaguars and Land Rovers around the world
Source: Jaguar Land Rover Classic