Journal: What Do You Think Of The New Jaguar XKSS?

What Do You Think Of The New Jaguar XKSS?

By Michael Banovsky
March 23, 2016

The smart automakers realize that driving should be an experience. It doesn’t matter if the car costs thousands or ~$1.5 million Usd., as this Jaguar does—people want to be able to enjoy driving their cars. You’ll often see vehicles in this price bracket include tantalizing extras, like tours, special events, and driver training.

As pretty as it is, for many, it may seem crazy to spend so much on a brand new 60-year-old continuation car, but with interest in historic rally series, vintage racing, and track days growing among collectors, buying a car like this almost guarantees you’ll be able to pack on the miles in some of the more prestigious events in the world.

We’ve seen it before from Jaguar—remember the very pretty E-Type Lightweights it recently built?

If you’re younger than, say, 65, and can’t remember the XKSS in its heyday, what makes the car so special? It was a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports racing car; 25 were planned but a factory fire destroyed the final 9, so that’s how many Jaguar is now building.

When I say “road-going”, I mean they were built as D-Types and converted to be better for jaunts to the grocery store: buyers got a windshield, rear luggage rack, interior rain cover, side windows, chrome bumpers, a passenger door…and not much else.

Steve McQueen famously owned one of the original XKSS, and he probably drove the car close to its at-least 130 mph top speed—not to mention had his license suspended twice in the car—something unlikely a new owner will do once she or he takes delivery early next year. (If you’re in L.A. and want to see McQueen XKSS, visit the Petersen Museum.)

If you’re able to, better get in line before the production run is accounted for. May I suggest the license plate, “GRN RAT”?

Images courtesy of Jaguar & IAAB

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Jose Delgadillo
Jose Delgadillo(@jose_delgadillo)
4 years ago

It was also my understanding that these continuation cars will not be able to be registered as a street legal car. This is due to the fact that they do not comply with various new car regulations. I have read that the new continuation Astons will be able to be registered as a legal road car. It may be that the Jaguars are going to use the vehicle ID numbers of the cars that were not built after the factory fire. I imagine that Aston is issuing new ID numbers.

Shayan Bokaie
Shayan Bokaie(@sbokaie)
5 years ago

Epitome of:

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson(@pdxbryan)
5 years ago

Those historic SOBs are gonna’ be eatin’ their words like Paul Ryan apologizing for calling poor folks “takers”.

Ian Fraser
Ian Fraser(@goop_troop)
5 years ago

I watched the special on the E Type Lightweights and the historic sobs wanted nothing to do with it. Well I say screw the Sobs it was beautifuly build and looked awesome. The same will be true for the XKSS

5 years ago

So. Much. Want.

(and this will inevitably bring on the same haters who picked apart the new E-Type lightweights. I don’t mind, this XKSS is legit and I love it.)

p.s. The XKSS was conceived as a road car, but I assume these new examples aren’t road-legal anywhere. And if you wanted to strictly use in vintage races, wouldn’t the D-Type its based on be more appropriate?