1957 Jaguar XKSS Recreation
In October 1956, Jaguar announced its temporary retirement from motor racing. At that time, 42 production D-Type racing cars had already been produced. Due to the retirement news, demand dried up--however, 25 of the original batch of 67 cars remained unsold.
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Unfortunately, only 16 cars were completed when a factory fire broke out on February 12, 1957, destroying the remaining nine cars, as well as the jigs and tooling for their completion. Two other D-Types, XKD 533 and XKD 540, would later be converted by the Works Department to XKSS specification as well. With its Le Mans pedigree, shapely bodywork and staggeringly high performance figures, the XKSS quickly became a favorite amongst the wealthy and Hollywood elite, including the likes of Steve McQueen, who's Green example is on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in California.
The vehicle offered here is a hand-built recreation by Tempero Coach & Motor Co. of New Zealand. The world-renowned coach builder is known for continuously utilizing time-honored automotive techniques. Virtually identical to an original 1957 XKSS, this recreation is based on a 1966 Jaguar E-Type chassis, and features bespoke aluminum bodywork, a 4.2L in-line 6 engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and three Weber carburetors. The electrical system features modern-specification fuse relays and wiring for enhanced reliability. The cockpit is trimmed with rich red leather throughout, while the floor and side panels were left bare to reveal its beautifully crafted aluminum.
|Vin||Available Upon Request
|Engine||4.2 L Straight 6|
|Transmission||Manual 5 Speed|