Jaguar will use knowledge gained from the Lightweight E-Type continuation series to resurrect nine new XKRSS models, starting early next year
23 March 2016

Jaguar has announced that it will build nine units of the XKSS D-Type model to replace those lost in the 1957 Browns Factory fire.

Almost 60 years on, a total of nine XKSSs will be hand-built by Jaguar at the new ‘Experimental Shop’ in Warwick, and will be constructed to the same exact specification as the original models produced in 1957.

Set to be priced in excess of £1 million, the very limited-run units won’t be available for widespread sale as they’re being built specifically for a select group of collectors and customers.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic boss Tim Hannig said: “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’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars are 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.”

Jaguar says that knowledge gained from producing the Lightweight E-Type continuation series will be applied in making the new models.

The XKSS was the road-going version of the original D-Type racer, which was first launched in 1954. Sir Williams Lyon took the decision in 1957 to transform the D-Type racer into a road-going version to try and recoup some investment into the 25 chassis built that remained unsold.

Minor modifications included the addition of a higher windscreen and an extra passenger door. The 3.4-litre engine and four-speed gearbox remained unchanged.

First deliveries of the new continuation Jaguar XKSS model will commence early next year.

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23 March 2016
Another great classic recreation choice by Jaguar, maybe once the XK-SS project is complete the equally iconic 1966 XJ13 prototype could be their next new limited production project?!!

23 March 2016
Plural of chassis isn't chassis’. It's chassis.

23 March 2016
Guys I really do hate this nit picking - this mag is about cars and passion not a bleedin' English lesson. GOT IT ??????????? About this Jag - fabulous and well done and thought by the team. They sure wont lose money but I think those given the task may lose some sleep :-)

what's life without imagination

23 March 2016
before you care? These things matter. Language is a precise tool and, while you may not understand how small things make a big difference, others know they do. For example it helps you decide whether to waste your money seeing 'a band which knows it's s**t' rather than 'a band which knows its s**t'. Anyone who works in publishing knows accuracy counts. People who write for a living care about words. Just because you don't doesn't mean they are wrong to do so.

23 March 2016
Can see from your writing style that it's not your forte nor that you have a journalistic interest. Takes all kinds.

23 March 2016
I can't wait for the recreation of the X-Type 2.2d SE. One for the collectors.


23 March 2016
Is it owners of real ones who daren't use them? Or people who want a real one but are too impatient to wait for one to come to auction? Also, while I'm sure they are never worth anywhere near as much as the real thing, has anyone worked out how much cheaper a, say, Sanction II DB4GT Zagato is compared to an original? I wonder too if people who buy these admit what they've done or try and pass them off as the real McCoy? Do they think a new one is better because it's shinier, or recognise that a recreation can ever match the patina and history of a decades old icon?

23 March 2016
Nice, but yet again, JLR are messing around on the (easier) periphery rather than concentrating on getting a decent, competitive line up. Oil prices are rising, margins on sales in China are falling, another economic hickup and JLR could be in trouble - reborn E-Types, XKSS's and owning Silverstone won't help.

23 March 2016
Although these cars will be a work of art and beautifully built whats the point (bar a large bit of profit for Jaguar) as the XKSS was a road car and as these are newly built they will never be able to register them due to current regulations (let me know if I'm wrong and I'll start saving now) for the road.

23 March 2016
Although these cars will be a work of art and beautifully built whats the point (bar a large bit of profit for Jaguar) as the XKSS was a road car and as these are newly built they will never be able to register them due to current regulations (let me know if I'm wrong and I'll start saving now) for the road.

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