Jaguar had honoured the Le Mans winning D-Type with the road-going version and called it the XKSS in 1957. The company produced only 25 of them and nine of them designated for North America were lost due to a fire in the Jaguar's factory.
The company did not replace the cars; however, after 60 years Jaguar Classic is reviving the loss of the nine cars. These nine XKSS will be manufactured for select collectors and customers.
Each of the cars will use a period-correct chassis and will be sold for more than $1,241,900 ( approx. Rs 8.4 crore).
Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic engineering manager said that the XKSS is one of the most important cars in Jaguar's history and they are committed to making the ‘new original' version absolutely faithful to the period car in every way.
The Jaguar XKSS body is made of magnesium alloy same it was made in 1957 and the company has built a new styling buck to construct each car like the original hand-wheeling process.
Jaguar will combine the original drawings and digital imaging techniques to match these cars closely as possible to the originals.
Engineers from Jaguar Classic began with the original frames and commissioned Reynolds to produce bespoke parts using imperial measurements. Each of the original frames bronze welded just like the 50's chassis tubing.
Under the hood, the XKSS is equipped with a 3.4-litre straight six-cylinder Jaguar D-type engine producing 261bhp. The unit was constructed from new cast iron block cylinder heads and three Weber DC03 carburetors.
Dunlop disc brakes and tyres on the riveted two-piece magnesium alloy wheels are part of the package.
On the interiors, the Jaguar XKSS features re-creations of the original Smiths gauges and wood. Jaguar has improved the safety aspect of the XKSS with the use of robust materials on the fuel cell.
The company, Jaguar Classics expects each of the XKSS will require 10,000 man hours of labor to produce.
The XKSS is the second continuation car for Jaguar Classic following the six Lightweight E-types which debuted in 2014.
The company will move into a new global headquarters costing 7.5 million British pounds in Coventry, England in 2017 and is planning to expand its operations.
Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic said that the XKSS is a continuation program which underlines the world-class expertise they have at Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
He further added that they are committed to nurturing the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar's illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.