Jaguar Classic has announced that it will build nine new Jaguar XKSS models, with a price tag of more than £1million each.
Jaguar has announced plans to build nine brand new XKSS Roadsters, following on from the six continuation Lightweight Jaguar E-types built last year. This project will be undertaken by Jaguar Classic, the recently re-named department
based at Browns Lane, and each car will cost ‘in excess of £1million.
As with the E-types, Jaguar Classic is planning to complete the 25 chassis numbers that were originally planned, before a fire at the Browns Lane factory destroyed the last nine remaining cars.
The new cars will be built at Jaguar’s ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick, utilising modern techniques and knowledge gained from the Lightweight E-type program. Just like the original 16 XKSS models, each one will be entirely hand-built – to the original specifications. Like the recent E-types, the new XKSS will be built at Jaguar’s ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick.
The Jaguar D-type
on which it was based was one of the most successful racers of its era, and famously took three successive wins at Le Mans between 1955 an 1957. Originally, the XKSS was put into production to make use of Jaguar’s remaining stockpile of D-type chassis.
Externally, the XKSS was given a number of additional parts to make it road worthy, such as indicators, as well as a few token gestures towards practicality, such as a higher windscreen and an opening passenger door. Under the skin it remained very much a racing car, and as such Jaguar claims it was the very first supercar.
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.’