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.