Jaguar XKSS – The Rise of the Phoenix

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In 1957, a fire destroyed the Browns Lane plant where Jaguar had been producing its cars since 1951. That day in February, nine models of the Jaguar XKSS meant for export to the USA were destroyed. Part of a total of 25 D-type road cars modified from the famous racers that won three Le Mans trophies in successive years, they were dubbed the world’s first supercars, yet only 16 made their way across the Atlantic.

Now the company brings the lost nine back to life, following the same approach used to revive the famous ‘Missing Six’ Jaguar Lightweight E-Type models, launched in 2015. The new continuation XKSS models will be hand-built by the Jaguar Classic team to the precise specifications of the 1957 originals. The cars will be made available to a select group of collectors in 2017, with a price tag that is expected to exceed $1 million. You can get a close look at the stylish new XKSSs this November, when they’ll make their grand entrance at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s an event that shouldn’t be missed, especially by automotive enthusiasts. And while you’re in the city, you can also drop in at the Petersen Automotive Museum to see Steve McQueen’s personal XKSS. Images courtesy of Jaguar.

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