British sportscar brand Jaguar on Tuesday confirmed that it is building nine continuation examples of the 1957 classic.
One of the most loved and lusted after of all race-bred Jaguars, the XKSS was one of Steve McQueen’s favorite cars and that’s not surprising, seeing as it was essentially a road-legal version of the company’s Le Mans-winning D-Type.
Each of the new cars will be built by hand, using exactly the same techniques and materials as with the original car. And the reason that the production run is so limited is because nine models in the original run were destroyed by a fire at the Jaguar factory.
They had been destined for US customers but were never replaced.
That’s also why the continuation XKSS will be making its global debut in the US at the LA Auto Show this November.
Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”