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Extremely Rare Jaguar XKSS Is Going Up For Auction Next Month

If you’re looking to get a new XKSS that resembles the 1957 original to the last detail, then Jaguar automobiles should be your next stop if you’re looking to part with $1.5 million. If you’re not a fan of that and you’re more into one of the last surviving 16, then hold your breath as Gooding and Company is getting one of the 16 originals auctioned next month in Amelia Island.

The XKSS hasn’t been up for public sale for a long time with the last auction taking place in 2005 at the Gooding & Co event. Back then, the XKSS went for less than $2 million, but with appreciation on the XKSS, it’s expected that this classic will go for something around $16 to $18 million.

The XKSS model is highly-rated as it’s dubbed as Jaguar’s best creation when it comes to racing. The beast was inspired by the D-Type race car that gave a spectacular performance at the Le Mans event getting three wins consecutively. The masterpiece featured a 3.4-liter engine of the Jaguar’s iconic XK which produced 250 horsepower. During a Road & Track test back in August 1957, the XKSS did 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 149-mph.

Jaguar’s factory burned to the ground before they got the chance to do conversions of 25 unsold D-Type race cars into XKSS road cars. Only 16 were completed. The automaker is now doing a continual series of the last nine. It won’t come as a surprise if the estimated pricing for this car is surpassed as such auctions are as rare as they come.

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