In March, Jaguar has announced it intended to complete the production of the XKSS and to sell the new vehicles at a price of £ 1 million each, a sum that now amount to around US$ 1.5 million. That production goal, of 25 units, has suffered a setback when a fire destroyed 9 of the cars in February 12, 1957. The remaining 9 cars will be built at what Jaguar calls “Experimental Shop”, in Warwick. When we published the story, we said that the cars were very likely all sold out, but now we have the official confirmation.
The Jaguar XKSS is considered as the first supercar of the world, being released way before the Lamborghini Miura. It is also the road version of the D-Type. The final units will be produced to the same specifications of the original XKSS. In order to achieve that, Jaguar has borrowed two XKSS from collectors and scanned their parts to reproduce them in the most faithful way. 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, of 5.5 s. Fast even for today’s standards.
The first of the 9 XKSS will be delivered in February or March of next year. And the delivery will be a huge event for classic car lovers, for sure.