Jaguar to restart production of classic XKSS

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Jaguar is planning to finish a run of classic XKSS cars that began in 1957.

Dubbed 'The World's First Supercar', the XKSS went into production in 1957 as a road-going version of the D-Type Jaguar that won Le Mans.

Nine cars are due to be built, replacing the nine original XKSS vehicles that were destroyed in the Browns Lane factory fire. Just 16 cars had been completed before the blaze struck. The modern cars are to be built to the exact specifications of the originals, and have been allocated to a number of established collectors and enthusiasts.

Each car is due to be built by hand at Jaguar's 'Experimental Show' in Warwick, and are reported to cost over £1 million each. Original modifications that made the car quite so special were a higher windscreen and the removal of the fin from behind the driver's seat.

Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: "The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar's history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design.

"Jaguar Classic's highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.

"Our continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar's illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences."

The XKSS is due to be delivered to select customers in early 2017.