Now, Jaguar is back at it again and finishing production of another historic piece of its legendary history—the Jaguar XKSS, a road-going version of the hallowed Jaguar D-Type race car.
In 1957, a fire at the XKSS’s Browns Lane factory destroyed nine of the original 25 cars, leaving just 16 of the roadsters to be sold.
This year Jaguar Classic will rebuild all nine of those “lost” cars to the exact same specifications. That said, each of these continuation models will carry a price tag in excess of £1 million, or about $1.4 million, so if you want one… you better start saving.
Modifications were few, but included a new higher windscreen, the addition of a passenger’s side door, and the removal of the cockpit divider and famous rear fin. The D-Type’s XK6 straight-six engine remained ever present.
Most Jaguar XKSS cars were sold to buyers in the US market, exploiting the strong demand for fast European sports cars, and just as the D-Type was fast on track, the XKSS was blisteringly quick on the road. Hollywood and motoring icon Steve McQueen even had one, which he nicknamed the “Green Rat.”
Jaguar says it will hand build each of these nine lost XKSS cars at its “Experimental Shop” in the British town of Warwick, and the first customer cars will arrive in early 2017.