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LA 2016: Jaguar revives the XKSS with nine new models


Period-correct 1957 Jaguar XKSS revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show

Jaguar Cars announced earlier this year of re-building the XKSS model, which was originally made as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type, built from 1954 to 1956.

Back in 1957, nine of the XKSS designated for export to North America were lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory. Unable to produce the original plan of 25 models, the company decided to re-create the nine models after 60 years.


The nine cars will be completely new, with period chassis numbers from the XKSS chassis log. All cars are now sold at a price in excess of £1million each.

The body of the XKSS is made from magnesium alloy, as it was in 1957. Since the original styling bucks cease to exist today, Jaguar Classic provided a new, bespoke styling buck based on the original bodies from the 1950s.

Jaguar Classic’s expert engineers worked with the original frames, producing CAD. In partnership with the Classic team, frame maker Reynolds was briefed to create bespoke new parts. Meanwhile, the frames are bronze welded in the same way as the period XKSS chassis tubing.

The continuation cars feature period specification four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes with a Plessey pump, and Dunlop tyres with riveted two-piece magnesium alloy wheels.

Under the hood, the XKSS is powered by a 3.4-liter straight six-cylinder Jaguar D-type engine that produces an output of 266 PS. All of the engines are equipped with completely new cast iron blocks, new cast cylinder heads and three Weber DC03 carburetors.

In addition, Jaguar XKSS gets minor specification changes, which have been made only to improve driver and passenger safety such as the fuel cell, to support modern fuels.

The manufacturer said that the nine vehicles will be hand-built beginning this year, with an estimated of 10,000 man hours for each new XKSS.

The Jaguar XKSS painted in Sherwood Green made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles (LA) Auto Show ahead of the production of nine cars for delivery to select group of established collectors and customers.  

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