Jaguar Entering Classic 1957 XK-SS Into Production
Of all of the Jaguar’s ever produced, the Jaguar XKSS is one of the most desirable and revered of them all. Jaguar Classic has announced that they will be producing nine brand new 1957 Jaguar XK-SS.
The 1957 Jaguar XK-SS is essentially a road-going version of the legendary Jaguar D-Type racer. At the conclusion of the 1956 racing season, Sir William Lyon, co-founder of what is now Jaguar Motor Cars had a number of partially completed D-Type racers that had not yet sold. To recoup some of their development costs, it was decided to build some road-going versions of the D-Type, called the Jaguar XK-SS
In February 1957, a fire broke out at the Browns Lane Jaguar factory destroying nine of the twenty-five cars that were in development or had already been completed. The remaining 16 Jaguar XK-SS were sold in the United States.
59 years later, Jaguar Classics, the restoration business of Jaguar Motor Cars announced that they would be producing the nine “lost” Jaguar XK-SS’ to 1957 specifications.
The original Jaguar D-Type racer that the XK-SS was based on was a rear wheel drive two seat roadster weighing just 2,200 pounds. It has a 3.5 liter straight six cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission producing 262 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This was sufficient to propel the D-type from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds all the way to a theoretical top speed of 159 miles per hour. While not impressive by today’s standards, this was very fast 59 years ago, so much so it was sufficient to win the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1955, 1956, and 1957.
Minor changes were made to the D-Type to convert it to an XK-SS. Changes included the addition of a passenger door, the removal of the large fin on the rear trunk, and the removal of the divider between passenger and driver. Smaller cosmetic changes concentrate on a full-width windscreen, front and rear chrome bumpers and a cloth convertible top.
When completed, the “new” 1957 Jaguar XK-SS will sell for around $1,400,000. Keep in mind that Jaguar Classics will be producing only 9 vehicles so they may be all spoken for. It is worth noting that at $1.4 million dollars, the XK-SS may still be a bargain as some of the original 16 have already exchanged hands for right around $2,000,000.
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