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Jaguar then set out to create a proper road-going version of the Le Mans-conquering D-Type, called the XKSS. Plans for the conversion to the XKSS were discussed by Sir William Lyons with Bill Heynes and in turn with Phil Weaver. It was in the competition shop where Bob Blake carried out the prototype work while simultaneously tasked to take a bit of a creative initiative. To create the XKSS, the basic D-types were altered in several ways. The central division between the driver and passenger was cut out, the head fairing was removed and a passenger door was fitted. Both doors would then feature removable side-screens and a folding top was provided. A full-width, framed windscreen with wraparound styling and two wipers was selected while a luggage rack was an option for touring inspired drives. The bright headlamp trim and delicate bumpers, foreshadowed the items with later appeared on the E-Type. With an incredible power-to-weight ratio, the XKSS maintained the tremendous performance of the D-Type. With a top speed approaching 150 mph and sub 6 second 0-60 times, It could sprint to 100 mph in about 13 seconds.

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.

Vehicle Specifications

Make Jaguar
Model XKSS Recreation
Year 1957
Vin Available Upon Request
Color Silver
Interior Red
Odometer 1,908
Engine 4.2 L Straight 6
Transmission Manual 5 Speed
Drive Train Rear

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