The plan by Jaguar to recreate the nine missing Jaguar XKSS cars and sell them for £1 million each has clearly worked, with all cars now sold.
It’s only a couple of months since we learnt that the Jaguar XKSS was going back in to production after a gap of almost 60 years as Jaguar sought to recreate the nine ‘missing’ XKSS’s, but already they’re all sold out.
Perhaps that isn’t too much of a surprise considering Jaguar’s commitment to make the new XKSS cars to perfection, and the price of an original XKSS being many times that of the new £1,000,000 XKSS, but it’s still a big ticket for what is a relatively uncomplicated car by modern standards.
But it does seem Jaguar is being quite obsessive about their recreated XKSS models, and are going to quite extraordinary lengths to make the cars as perfect, and faithful to the original, as possible.
Jaguar has all the original drawings for the XKSS, but every one was hand-built and slightly different, so they managed to persuade the owners of two original cars to let them have them in to digitally scan them to make sure everything was spot on.
As well as building the bodies from scratch, all the parts are being recreated too, and Jaguar did think they’d have to dismantle one of their own heritage D-Types to create the die cast for the car’s cylinder blocks until they came across an original D-Type engine, all wrapped up in grease proof paper, at a London Jaguar specialist.
But although Jaguar are being fanatical about originality, they are allowing buyers to play with the specs a little.
If they really must have a fuel gauge (as race cars the originals didn’t) buyers can, and they could add a luggage rack or rolled-up tonneau cover, and even though the original colour choices were just British Racing Green, Black,,Grey, Red and Old English White, Jaguar are sympathetic to other choices from buyers.
Jaguar have now started building the new XKSS cars – two at a time – and first customer cars will start to arrive in early spring 2017, and the last a year or so later, and there will also be a ‘Car Zero’, which won’t be sold, revealed by Jaguar later this year.
If only we’d had a spare £1 million down the sofa in March.
Source: Interactive Jaguar