Where the recent Lightweight E-type project allocated chassis numbers from original cars that were planned to be built but never made it to production, the new XKSS models will replace those lost in the infamous Browns Lane fire, which consumed nine of the road-going Le Mans racers in 1957.
“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,” said Jaguar director Tim Hannig. “Jaguar Classic’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.”
Each car will be created to the exact same specifications as the 16 originals, and will be hand-built by Jaguar Classic. It is expected that the first delivery will be made in early 2017 – but don’t start saving just yet. The cars are likely to be earmarked for established collectors and customers.
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