Jaguar resurrects the 'Original Supercar', the XKSS


Jaguar has taken a step back from its position at the cutting edge of vehicular technology to recreate one of its formative models.

At part of the LA Auto Show, the British carmaker debuted the 'new original' XKSS at the city's Peterson Museum, having revealed plans for it earlier this year.

The stunning model is the first XKSS to be built in almost 60 years, and has been created by the Jaguar Classic engineering team. It will be followed by nine further cars, which will be delivered to customers across the globe in 2017.

Built by Jaguar in 1957 as a road-going conversion of its Le Mans-winning D-type, the XKSS is often referred to as the world's first supercar.

Unfortunately, a fire at Jaguar's Browns Lane factory in the Midlands destroyed nine cars, meaning that only 16 of the 25 limited edition models were ever sold.

Now, the Classic division is building the nine 'lost' XKSS sports cars, using techniques, drawings and material from the era in order to keep them as original as possible.

XKSS Jaguar

XKSS Jaguar

Of course, modern-day technology has also been implemented in their creation. For example several versions of the original 1957 XKSS were scanned in order to build a complete digital image of the car.

Meanwhile, minor specification changes were made only to improve driver and passenger safety.

With a body made from hand-rolled magnesium alloy and a bronze-welded frame, the XKSS is powered by a 262hp 3.4-litre straight six-cylinder Jaguar D-type engine.

Measurements are imperial, rather than metric and the cars all feature period chassis numbers from the XKSS chassis log.

Each has already been sold, with price tags in excess of £1million.

This 'new original' XKSS is Jaguar Classic's second continuation car, following six Lightweight E-types that were built in 2014.