A look back at the Jaguar XKSS 0

A look back at the Jaguar XKSS

1957. Sixty years ago. Seems like a long time doesn’t it?

Harold Macmillan was in Number Ten, the first frisbee had just been produced, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at a garden fete in Liverpool. What else?

1957 was also the year the Jaguar XKSS first wowed pretty much all who saw it. Nowadays, the XKSS would rightfully be called a supercar; a road-going edition of Jaguar’s all conquering D-Type, that was dominating Le Mans and other circuits around the world.

It was initially developed to be exported to the US and the entire production ran to just 25 units (nine of which were tragically lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane Factory).

They say you can’t buy class, but getting your hands on a XKSS would get you quite close. In 2016, Jaguar made this unlikely proposition slightly more attainable by announcing they were going to manufacture nine ‘new original’ XKSSs, each one retailing at a cool million pounds.

Despite the lofty price tag, it’s likely there will still be a fair number of suitors…

 

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