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Dieselstation Car Forums _ Frozen _ 1957 Jaguar XKSS

Posted by: moe Jun 4 2009, 01:03 PM













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The Jaguar XKSS was a road-going version of the Jaguar D-Type racing car.

After Jaguar withdrew from racing the company offered the remaining, unfinished chassis as the roadgoing Jaguar XKSS, by making changes to the racers: adding an extra seat, another door, a full-width windshield and folding top, as concessions to practicality. However, on the evening of 12 February 1957, a fire broke out at the Browns Lane plant destroying nine of the twenty-five cars that had already been completed or were semi-completed. Production is thought to have included 53 customer D-types, 18 factory team cars, and 16 XKSS versions.

Following Jaguar's withdrawal from competition at the end of the 1955 season, a number of completed and partially complete D-types remained unsold at the Browns Lane factory. In an attempt to recoup some of the investment made in building these unused chassis, and to exploit the lucrative American market for high-performance European sports cars, Sir William Lyons decided to convert a number to full road-going specification. Only minor changes were made to the basic D-type structure: the addition of a passenger side door, the removal of the large fin behind the driver's seat, and the removal of the divider between passenger and driver seats. In addition, changes were made for cosmetic, comfort and legal reasons: a full-width, chrome-surrounded windscreen was added; sidescreens were added to both driver and passenger doors; a rudimentary, folding, fabric roof was added for weather protection; chromed bumpers were added front and rear (a styling cue later used on the E-type); XK140 rear light clusters mounted higher on the wings; and thin chrome strips added to the edge of the front light fairings. In total 16 XKSS variants were made, with most being sold in the USA, before the Browns Lane fire destroyed the remaining chassis.

The American actor Steve McQueen owned a Jaguar XKSS for personal use.

Posted by: infinity Jun 4 2009, 02:15 PM

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The American actor Steve McQueen owned a Jaguar XKSS for personal use.

Frozen.

Posted by: moe Jun 4 2009, 02:18 PM

^ Nevermind the exclusivity, or the racing pedigree, or the fact that it's just straight up gorgeous.

Posted by: Halflifehavock13 Jun 4 2009, 09:26 PM

I couldn't think of a cooler jag than the XKE until you posted this.

Posted by: midnightdorifto Jun 4 2009, 09:58 PM



...frozen.

Posted by: moe Jun 5 2009, 11:32 AM

Ugh, a neutral vote, and it was so close to a unanimous frozen too.

Posted by: MustangAficionado Jun 5 2009, 04:17 PM

Didn't even need to click on this thread, frozen

Posted by: midnightdorifto Jun 5 2009, 09:14 PM

QUOTE(moe @ Jun 5 2009, 11:32 AM) *
Ugh, a neutral vote, and it was so close to a unanimous frozen too.

$5 on UserDrew being one of those two neutral votes.

Don't post if you really voted neutral. I'd just lose respect for you.

Posted by: Razor Jun 6 2009, 07:31 AM

Anyone who thinks this is "neutral" has no soul. Period.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 11 2009, 10:07 AM

QUOTE(Razor @ Jun 6 2009, 10:31 AM) *
Anyone who thinks this is "neutral" has no soul. Period.


and really doesn't need to be participating in an automobile forum.

Posted by: b0mb3r Jun 11 2009, 02:44 PM

I voted uncool... these old jags or british cars in general do very little for me. The racing pedegree is there and I am sure its fun to drive but I just don't particularly think that it's a cool car. I know I know I am crazy and will probably get banned for saying something like this smile.gif

Posted by: Halflifehavock13 Jun 11 2009, 03:23 PM

QUOTE(b0mb3r @ Jun 11 2009, 06:44 PM) *
I voted uncool... these old jags or british cars I know I know I am crazy and will probably get banned for saying something like this smile.gif

You thought right.

Posted by: clarkma5 Jun 11 2009, 03:29 PM

I can totally relate to being against the ridiculous cult of personality that follow this car and others like it (seriously guys, lay off, it's annoying) but the car itself is still cool.

Posted by: UserDrew Jun 12 2009, 02:57 PM

QUOTE(midnightdorifto @ Jun 5 2009, 10:14 PM) *
$5 on UserDrew being one of those two neutral votes.

Don't post if you really voted neutral. I'd just lose respect for you.



Voted cool.

Posted by: speedyK Jun 12 2009, 03:40 PM

biggrin.gif Pointless poll! It's a foregone conclusion. How on earth could this be anything but cool? rolleyes.gif

This one was for sale at a British Car Meet here in Switzerland last year.








I didn't ask the price...


though even though I suspect it's a replica (windscreen doesn't look quite right... ) I'm sure it will be slightly more than 18 times the cost of the 1:18 scale model I have laugh.gif


Posted by: Razor Jun 12 2009, 07:00 PM

Someone... voted... uncool? eek.gif

EDIT: Nevermind, figures.

Posted by: moe Jun 13 2009, 03:58 AM

^ Yeah because it had nothing to do with the VAG group. And obviously it has nowhere near to the aftermarket support of a GTi. I mean shit, you can't even get a chip for this thing. So yeah, it couldn't be anything other than uncool.

Posted by: Razor Jun 13 2009, 05:29 AM

QUOTE(moe @ Jun 13 2009, 07:58 AM) *
^ Yeah because it had nothing to do with the VAG group. And obviously it has nowhere near to the aftermarket support of a GTi. I mean shit, you can't even get a chip for this thing. So yeah, it couldn't be anything other than uncool.


lol

Posted by: midnightdorifto Jun 16 2009, 10:18 AM

QUOTE(UserDrew @ Jun 12 2009, 03:57 PM) *
Voted cool.

Goddamnit, how are you supposed to be my Cool Wall arch enemy if you're voting cool for cool cars? You're not very good at this whole nemesis thing.

Posted by: UserDrew Jun 17 2009, 02:43 PM

QUOTE(midnightdorifto @ Jun 16 2009, 11:18 AM) *
Goddamnit, how are you supposed to be my Cool Wall arch enemy if you're voting cool for cool cars? You're not very good at this whole nemesis thing.



I only apply ridicules standards for coolness in mid April.

Posted by: midnightdorifto Jun 17 2009, 09:43 PM

QUOTE(UserDrew @ Jun 17 2009, 03:43 PM) *
I only apply ridicules standards for coolness in mid April.

Ah, a seasonal nemesis.

Either way, I respect your seasonal taste.

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