The story of the Continuation began in the early evening of February 12th 1957, when a fire broke out at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory destroying nine D-Type’s. Difficult to sell in their current form, Jaguar had planned to convert these nine chassis’s into the road-going Jaguar XKSS. What many dub as ‘the original supercar’, the XKSS had the same aerodynamic body style as the D-Type, but adopted a few adaptations; the divider between the driver and passenger was removed, a passenger side door was added and a fully chrome surrounded windscreen and side screens on both sides of the car, along with a retractable roof. Jaguar also added chrome bumpers to both the front and rear, and to finish; the iconic luggage rack.
With twenty-five Jaguar XKSS’s initially planned for production, the famous fire resulted in just sixteen cars ever completed. This was until 2016 when Jaguar Classic announced they would build those nine cars and to the exact 1957 specification, which included each car being designated their period correct XKSS chassis number.
The nine cars were immediately snapped up by chosen individuals in all four corners of the globe and the car we present here is car number one of those nine and only the third example ever offered for resale privately and we’re pleased to boast the other two were also handled by ourselves.
Chassis #XKSS771 is finished in Jaguar’s historically renowned colour combination of British Racing Green over a Black Leather interior, matching that of the famous ‘Green Rat’ owned by Steve McQueen. It has resided with a well-known UK based property developer, where it has remained within his collection and only covered 312 miles from new due to his residence relocation.
- Mileage 312 Miles
- Body Style Convertible
- Transmission Manual
- Engine Capacity 3400cc
- Fuel Petrol
- Chassis No. XKSS771
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