Back To The Future: Jaguar Unveils 'Brand New' 1957 XKSS

Classic Cars

With a large price tag, as you'd expect.

The Jaguar XKSS has been referred to as the world’s first supercar, originally created as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type built from 1954-1956. A year after that 9 cars were headed to the US, but destroyed in a fire before they could leave, which left the production total at just 16. This means there were just nine original numbers that could be used for recreations by the Jaguar Classic Engineering team, resulting in a very sought after set of cars by well-to-do collectors.

This car is a one-off, 18-month build that will be used as reference for the nine matching number cars, which are to be supplied to buyers during the course of 2017. The cars will be 100 percent new, which explains their 1,000,000 GBP (roughly $1,250,000) price tag. That's a big chunk of change, but collectors in that league will easily make a plan for a "new" XKSS with period correct numbers and a hand-wheeled magnesium alloy body. The measurements on the car are precise thanks to digital scans they made, and CAD was used to support the chassis build. Frame-maker Reynolds was enlisted to create and supply chassis parts. The frames are bronze welded, the same as the 50s cars.

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The 2017 XKSS is fitted with a 262-hp 3.4-liter straight six-cylinder Jaguar D-type engine that features completely new cast iron blocks, cast cylinder heads and a trio of Weber DC03 carburetors. The XKSS features perfect recreations of the original Smiths gauges too, and everything from the wood of the steering wheel, to the grain of the leather seats, through to the brass knobs on the XKSS dashboard, is precisely as it was in 1957. There have been a few specification changes, but only to improve driver and passenger safety. As with the fuel cell, it uses modern materials to support modern fuels. Over 2,000 rivets and 10,000 man hours has resulted in a new classic that will be an instant show winner.