Jaguar Announces Plans for Nine 1957 XKSS Continuation Cars in New York

The 1957 Jaguar XKSS is one of those cars that is rarely seen outside of concours events, auctions, and spotless museum archives, with an average auction price reaching into the eight-figure mark. Now, building on the success of the continuation of the Lightweight E-Type project launched last year, Jaguar announced the creation of nine additional continuation 1957 XKSS cars.

The 1957 Jaguar XKSS was a landmark car. To celebrate the company’s recent Le Mans dominance and to hopefully recoup the cost of the D-Type project, Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons created the XKSS as a road-going D-Type. The car was a success, with stars like Steve McQueen getting behind the wheel. A total of 25 XKSS were produced, but tragedy struck when nine were destroyed in a fire at the Jaguar factory, resulting in just 16 originals surviving today.

With average auction prices hovering around the $10 million mark, not even your friendly neighborhood CEO could park one A Jaguar XKSS in their garage carefree. Now, with a price tag of “over $1.4 million,” the continuation XKSS will be constructed with exacting detail of the original cars.

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If this holds true, the continuation XKSS will be a fantastic (relative) bargain to the real McCoys. While these will not be considered “original” cars, these nine XKSS will hold a model-year designation of 1957, meaning they qualify for a slew of vintage and historic racing series and events across the nation for just a tenth the cost of a real XKSS.

source: Automobile Magazine

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