In February 12, 1957, a fire consumed 9 of the 25 Jaguar XKSS that were being built. If you do not know the XKSS, it is considered as the first supercar of the world. It is also the road version of the D-Type. The fact is that, of the 25 units that were supposed to be built, only 16 were made. And Jaguar wants to correct this injustice by producing the final 9 units today.
The cars will be produced to the same specifications of the original XKSS and will be sold by 1 million pounds each, or US$ 1.4 million. It was 3.99 m long, 1.66 m wide, 1.12 m tall and had a wheelbase of 2.30 m. It was powered by a 3.4 XK 6 cylinder engine that generated 187 kW at 5,750 rpm and 325 Nm from 4,000 rpm to 4,500 rpm. And it weighed only 921 kg, what gave the XKSS a top speed of 230 km/h and an acceleration time, from 0 to 96 km/h, in 5.5 s. Fast even for today’s standards.
The cars will be built at what Jaguar calls “Experimental Shop”, in Warwick, and the first units will be delivered by the beginning of next year. They are very likely all sold out. No car collector would lose the chance to have a brand new classic.