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Jaguar To Build Famous 'Missing Nine' XKSS Models


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Jaguar To Build Famous 'Missing Nine' XKSS Models

Jaguar is set to re-release the iconic XKSS model the British car manufacturer has confirmed.

Tim Hannig, director at Jaguar Land Rover Heritage, revealed the news at the 2016 New York Auto Show which is taking place this week.

Jaguar plans to start building the legendary two-seater car – widely considered to be the world’s first supercar – which was first released in 1957.

Only 16 of the planned 25 Jaguar XKSS cars were ever completed and these are thought to have all been shipped to the USA with the others lost in the Browns Lane fire at the Jaguar plant in Coventry of the same year.

Now Jaguar plans to build nine new reincarnations of the car for a select group of established collectors and customers. Six are understood to be already be reserved with the vehicles set to be delivered in early 2017.

The new 'lost' XKSS models will be constructed to the exact specifications of the original car and are expected to sell for in excess of £1million. They will be built at Jaguar’s Warwick factory.

The Jaguar XKSS became famous after winning the Le Mans in three consecutive years, 1955, 1956 and 1957. Sir William Lyons, co-founder of Jaguar, decided to turn the remaining D-Types race cars into vehicles that would be legal for street use.

Hannig 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."

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