“Clouded Leopard” Jaguar has announced plans to “revive” the Jaguar XKSS 9 to detail exactly as originally planned version of it in 1957.
The Jaguar XKSS 9
One of the holy grails for enthusiasts of classic sports cars has long been the Jaguar XKSS, the coolly charismatic 1957 roadster with Jayne Mansfield curves and a racing pedigree famously beloved by Steve McQueen. Based on the British carmakerâ€™s D-Type, which won Le Mans three years in a row in the mid-â€™50s, the XKSS could hit 60 m.p.h. from a standstill in five seconds. Ultimately, only 16 were ever producedâ€”a result of a devastating fire at the companyâ€™s factoryâ€”but six decades later Jaguar is bringing back the legend it calls the worldâ€™s first supercar.
The total number of expected production Jaguar ever XKSS is 25 units, but only 16 cars were completed before the disaster. All are intended for export to the US market. And now, 59 years later, Jaguar decided to continue producing the remaining 9. With more than 1:41 million cost / unit, Jaguar XKSS will be produced with the same specs as the 16 cars were produced in 1957.
Each of the XKSS will be produced based on the original 1957 version, this means that, under the hood will be a 6-cylinder engine placed in line with the ability to produce 250 hp and manual transmission four levels, helping car can accelerate to 60 miles / h in just 5.5 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 143 miles / hour.
XKSS sample based production version D-Type racing car. This racing version of the race winning Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957. On 14.1.1957, the co-founder Sir Williams Lyons Jaguar decided to convert 25 into a race car driving downhill .
Viewed as the first supercar of the world, the XKSS have a higher windshield and a passenger door while the divider between the driver and the passenger was removed.
All nine cars will be “refurbished” entirely handmade in workshops located in Warwick Experimental Shop and delivery operations are expected to begin in early 2017.