The Jaguar XKSS “Continuation” Supercar is 60 yrs in the Making
Jaguar’s, a unit of Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), new Supercar is 60 years old. There is no paddle shifter, ABS, it a vintage racing sportscar, and the XKSS has vintage features to prove it.
The new XKSS is technically called a “continuation car,” a special type of replica in which production ceased but has since restarted using original designs and methods like its Lightweight E-type.
The original XKSS was made for the US market as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning 1954 D-type, until a fire gutted Jaguar’s Brown’s Lane factory in Y 1957. As a result, just 16 were ever made of its proposed 25-car production run.
The cars that survived fetch huge sums these days, Steve McQueen owned 1 that’s estimated to be worth nearly $30–M.
The new XKSS model was revealed Wednesday at the LA Auto Show, it is a 1-Off that comes from 18 months of research and build time. The car will be used as the blueprint for the 9 custom units that Jaguar will start to make in Y 2017.
According to the engineering manager for Jaguar Classic, a branch of the company that focuses mostly on refurbishment and maintenance of classic Jags, the XKSS project is all about replacing those 9 vehicles that were lost in the Brown’s Lane fire.
The team at Jaguar Classic used the original drawings from the company archives and supplemented them with modern tech, such as scanning the car to build 3D models to aid fabrication using retro, authentic methods.
Steel and aluminum panels were hand-rolled as they would have been in 1950’s. Some fasteners and nuts/bolts were reproduced because they can no longer be bought.
Under the bonnet, the XKSS has a 3.4-liter straight 6-cylinder engine with 262hp.
The company says everything from the wood of the steering wheel to the leather of the seats and the brass on the dash is exactly as it would have been in Y 1957, with only minor changes made for 21st Century safety requirements.
The 9 cars on the Y 2017 build schedule sold out immediately to invited international buyers, each example sold for around $1.5-M.
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