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1957 Jaguar XKSS

Twenty-five of the 68 Jaguar D-Type race cars were left unsold when Jaguar decided to cease its participation in the International Sports Car Racing program. Jaguar decided to convert the 25 remaining vehicles into road-worthy sports cars.
The rear fin was removed, bumpers were added, and the single seater was left topless with a canvas hood available to protect the driver from the elements. A windscreen was designed and a second door was added to accommodate passengers. With a Dual-Overhead Cam straight-six cylinder engine with 3442 cc capacity, the vehicle could race from zero to sixty in 7.3 seconds. The 250 horsepower output was capable of propelling the car to a top speed of nearly 150 miles-per-hour. Excellent stopping power was provided by the 4-wheel disc brakes.

In 1957, the XKSS was introduced at the New York Auto Show.

Sixteen private buyers purchased the XK-SS with the majority going to the United States. Two went to Canada, one to Hong Kong, one in the UK, and the rest to America. There were over 300 examples being built when a fire destroyed the machinery, assembly line, and most of the XKSS models. Steve McQueen, a film star and motor racing fan purchased one. McQueen is famous for his documentary of the 24 Hours of LeMans.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2010

Related Reading : Jaguar XKSS History

The Jaguar D-Type sports cars were produced from 1954 through 1957. These factory-built race cars were similar to the C-Type, but given more powerful engines, improved chassis, and aerodynamic bodies. Walter Hassan was tasked with designing a sportscar for Jaguar. The result was the XK-120 which showed promise on the racing circuit. Although the alloy bodied cars were fast, it would not be a serious....
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1957 Vehicle Profiles

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 728

XKSS728 was originally produced as XKD547 by Jaguar Cars. It was displayed at the Barcelona Motor Show in 1956 but was not sold. It was returned to Jaguar Cars in Coventry, and converted by them into XKSS728. It is one of only 16 produced by Jaguar. ....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

The Jaguar XKSS was the road-going version of the racing D-Type. At the end of the D-Type production, 25 of the 68 race cars built remained unsold at the factory. These were adapted for the road with the addition of weather protection and a second ....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 763

This Jaguar XKSS is thought to have been displayed at the New York Auto Show. It was then sold through the East Coast Jaguar distributor, Alfred Momo, to its first owner Anthony Rugiero. It has no known racing history and only changed hands again in ....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 710

This car was counted as part of Jaguar's stock of unsold D-Types on November 21, 1956. It was originally sold to Richard Kessler who raced the car between July and September, 1957 at American venues including Lime Rock, Marlboro, Montgomery and Watki....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: XKSS 716
Engine Num: E 2080-9

This XKSS was counted as part of the stock of unsold D-types on November 21, 1956. On June 12 1957, it was sold to Stanley McRobert of Montreal, who raced and hillclimbed in Canada with some success including at Harewood Acres. Two races entered resu....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 713
Engine Num: E2076-9
Gearbox Num: GBD 177

The XKSS was a road-going version of the successful Jaguar D-Type racing car.....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 754

It is believed that this Jaguar XKSS was sold through Joe Shepherd Motors of Tampa, Florida, to its first owner who had it painted silver and raced it until around 1961. The second owner, Joe Scherer, damaged the car in a hill climb and sold it in da....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 725

Very little is known about the history of this Jaguar XKSS. The first owner shipped it to Cuba where it took part in the infamous high-speed run against XKSS 766 from Havana to Vera Dero beach in 1957. Years later, in the 1980s, this car and XKSS 766....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 766

The first owner of this Jaguar XKSS, J.B. 'Pepillo' Del Cuerto took delivery of the car in Miami and had it shipped straight to Cuba. He and fellow XKSS owner Fausto Gonzalez Chavez tested their cars in a high-speed run during which Del Cuerto crashe....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 769

This Jaguar XKSS was supplied to its first owner through Ted Baumgartner who had it repainted Buick Maroon. The first owner, American race driver Tossie Alex, owned the car into the early 1960s and raced it at Road America, Meadowdale and other SCCA ....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 704

This Jaguar XKSS was raced by a Dr. Thompson and other amateur race drivers from 1957 to 1960. Sadly, at Marlboro, Maryland, on June 7, 1958, the car crashed in practice and its driver, Steve Spitler, was killed. The car was rebuilt and passed to Ron....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XKSS vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer

Chassis Num: 722

This is the only Jaguar XKSS that was initially sold to an owner in England. It was 'road tested' by basil Boothroyd for the satirical Punch magazine in London, with illustrations by motoring cartoonist Brockbank. In 1958, it was bought by Colonel Ro....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: 728 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: 763 
Roadster
Chassis #: 710 
Roadster
Chassis #: XKSS 716 
Roadster
Chassis #: 713 
Roadster
Chassis #: 754 
Roadster
Chassis #: 725 
Roadster
Chassis #: 766 
Roadster
Chassis #: 769 
Roadster
Chassis #: 704 
Roadster
Chassis #: 722 


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1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)4,442
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)3,422
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)4,934
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)5,839
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)4,607
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)3,685
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)3,685
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)3,573
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)3,349
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)3,349
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)3,349

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