Building on the expertise gained while making the Lightweight E-type, Jaguar Classic will put together the nine cars that were lost because of the Browns Lane factory fire. The total production run was supposed to stand at 25 units, but only 16 cars were completed before the disaster. All of them were earmarked for export in the United States and now, 59 years later, Jaguar will build the remaining nine cars. Priced at more than £1 million ($1.41M), the XKSS units will be produced to the same technical specifications as those 16 cars made in 1957.
To give you a little bit of background about the car’s origins, the XKSS was basically a road-going version of the D-Type race car that triumphed at Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957. On January 14, 1957, Jaguar co-founder Sir Williams Lyons decided to convert the remaining 25 units of the D-Type into road-going cars that obviously went through some modifications.
Billed by many as the world’s first supercar, the XKSS got a higher windscreen and a passenger door while the divider between the driver and the passenger was removed. In addition, the fin located behind the driver’s seat was also eliminated.
Jaguar mentions these nine cars will be hand-built at the company's newly established "Experimental Shop" located in Warwick and deliveries are slated to begin early 2017.