Jaguar is all set to build a sports car but it's not the kind one would expect. They have announced that they will be re-issuing one of their iconic cars from the golden era of motorsports. The British luxury automaker will be building a new batch of XKSS sports cars, all of which will be hand-built and limited to just 9 cars.
The XKSS was essentially the road-going version of the D-Type race car which competed in endurance racing from 1954 to 1957, winning Le Mans three out of the years the car was in competition. The XKSS shed the rear fin featured in the D-Type and added a passenger door. Only 25 cars were built and 9 were destroyed when a fire broke out in the Browns Lane factory, hence the significance of the of this reissue. The cars will be built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957.
"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," said Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
Given the car's rarity even nearly 60 years ago, the nine 'lost' XKSS sports cars has been earmarked for a select group of established collectors and customers. As for its engine, Jaguar has yet to release official details. However, if Jaguar were to remain faithful to the original specifications, the new XKSS might be powered by the same engine found in the D-Type race car. The race car came with a 3.4 liter, double overhead cam inline-six called the Jaguar XK6 engine, rated at over 250 PS.
Deliveries for the 9 "lost" XKSS' begin early 2017. Each of the cars are priced at over $ 1 million each. For the customers, they also have the option of adding options to the car such as the trunk mounted luggage rack and tonneau cover.