Jaguar's classics team will build nine examples of this stunning recreation supercar.

Good food, decent company (sorry, fellow car writers), and a museum full of classic, drool-inducing vehicles. There could be worse ways to cap off Day One of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And worse venues for the debut of yet another stunning classic Jaguar recreation. 

Tonight, the stage was LA’s impressive Petersen Museum, and the Jag in question the jaw-dropping XKSS you see in the photos here. Just nine of these lovely creatures will drive the Earth, released into the wild next year. 

This XKSS is actually brand new, build by a team of crack craftsmen on Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s team to nearly the exact specification of the 1957 original. That means a 3.4-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine – as you’d find in the Jaguar D-Type race car – cranking out 262 horsepower (and probably sounding tremendously sexy in the process). 

 

 

 

Bodywork has been constructed from lightweight magnesium alloy using a traditional process called “hand wheeling.” We’re not sure what that entails, but we assume it involves skills that few people still have. The metal has been covered in a pitch perfect Sherwood Green paint, naturally. 

The interior is just as stunning as the exterior. Perfectly grained leather seats, brass switchgear, and a seemingly worn wooden steering wheel comprise an impressive cabin. 

In total, Jaguar says that roughly 10,000 man hours have gone into each of the nine new XKSS models. I hardly need to say it, but if one of The Nine wants to get ahold of me, I wouldn’t say no to a quick spin. 

 

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