Back in July, we published news about the new Jaguar XKSS after the automaker first announced plans to release the final nine vehicles. Now, the first of them are rolling off the production line – check out the gallery below.
You don’t need a deep knowledge of the automotive history to appreciate the new shots of Jaguar’s deviously cool XKSS E-Type – one of the brand’s most iconic cars. The car’s retro 1950s aesthetic, wavy contoured chassis and beautiful tanned leather interior hawks back to one of the golden eras of automotive design.
Every automotive journalist and gear-head in the world is talking about this car right now, but it’s not its stunning looks turning heads. In the 1950s, Jaguar originally planned to produce 25 XKSS vehicles for a limited release. Steve McQueen was the most famous XKSS owner, which, at the time, was referred to as a “supercar” – Jay Leno also owns one now. But only 16 of the planned 25 made it off the production line before a fire at the famous Browns Lane factory in England destroyed remaining nine.
Now, 60 years later, those cars are finally coming off the production line. Don’t expect to get your hands on one – unless your pockets are extremely deep. All nine have reportedly been sold for US$1.5 million each, meaning you are going to need your best negotiating cap and significantly more money to get your hands on one.
Just to tease you a little more, here’s the original release video shown at the Los Angeles Motor Show 2016 – listen to that car purr.
The XKSS is an all-time classic from Jaguar. It’s a slightly more pedestrian version of the famous D-Type racers that rocketed Jaguar to legendary status in the 1950s racing scene – earning the brand three consecutive Le Mans wins.
Check out the latest images of the XKSS below.