I had literally just stepped back almost 60 years to a workshop that was building a hand-made sports car to the exact rules of Jaguar in 1957 and has begun selling again as new cars

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Jaguar XKSS



‘They don’t make ‘em like they used to.’ Well when it comes to the ‘new’ XKSS roadster, Jaguar begs to differ as it’s made exactly the same way it was when its last left the showroom in 1957.


We know the English like their tea breaks, but 60 years is taking things to extreme. That’s how long it’s been since Car #17 rolled off the production line after Car #16 in the Jaguar XKSS model range.


Talk about determined. Jaguar has set out to complete a job it halted in 1957 after a fire swept through its Browns Lane factory before the production run of XKSS roadster road cars had been completed. As the fire broke out, nine cars still needed to be built from the run of 25 models and so in 2017, car number #17 is about to roll off the line followed by the remaining eight models and sold to wealthy Jaguar enthusiasts for a cool 1,000,000 / $1.2million.


Built at Jaguar’s ‘Experimental Shop,’ there will only ever be nine XKSS models built and all will be built to the exact same specs as the original XKSS.


Back in 1956 Jaguar was riding a wave of success having won the LeMans 24-Hour race for the third time with the D-Type Jaguar that was launched in 1954. Company chief, Sir William Lyons was looking for something new as the competition was catching up to the 180mph D-Type so he decided to sell the remaining 25 racecars on the assembly line as production cars. [To be continued...]

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